Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 130,236 pages of information and 205,614 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Grace's Guide to British Industrial History
Grace’s Guide is a not-for-profit project dedicated to publishing the history of industry in the UK and elsewhere. Its aim is to provide a brief history of the companies, products and people who were instrumental in industry, commencing with the birth of the Industrial Revolution and continuing up to recent times. It provides an overview of topics and points other researchers to the source materials so they can find further information.
The project is written collaboratively by a number of volunteers with specialised skills and knowledge, assisted by a small number of employed staff who undertake the copying and publishing of the larger volumes of material. Anyone can volunteer to contribute information to the project and all such contributions are overseen by the editor-in-chief to ensure the content is as accurate as possible and properly attributed to the original sources.
Grace’s Guide is a live collaboration and differs from paper-based reference sources in important ways as it is continually created and updated. Anyone who considers that there is incorrect information in Grace’s Guide can contact us with what they believe to be the correct facts and we will make the changes after checking and verifying that the revisions are accurate.
It is an important principle of the project that the sources of all written information should be provided so that other researchers can make their own judgment as to the authenticity of the data.
The web site is based on the freely available Wiki software with some modifications and additions by the staff of Grace’s Guide.
The project commenced in 2007 when Andrew Tweedie, the founder, retired from an executive role in the commercial business he had founded and had the time to concentrate on the subject of industrial history in which he had been interested for many years. One of his chief motivators was to ensure that sources of information relating to the industrial heritage of England were preserved for future generations. At a later stage, he was joined by others who share the same passion. There are also occasional contributions from readers who can add to the information that is published, either from personal experience or from sources in their possession.
The birth of a granddaughter named Grace just at the point where the venture was launched was providential in selecting a name for the project and seemed a suitable celebration of such an important event.
To ensure the work receives the widest usage, all material is published freely and without any claim to copyright by Grace’s Guide. Wherever possible, we try to ensure that everything on the site is free from any copyright claim, but with the complexities of the law on the subject and the vagaries of the legal profession we are unable to give guarantees on this point and users must satisfy themselves on this issue if they are re-publishing material. The content of Grace’s Guide is for educational and reference purposes.
If we have inadvertently breached anyone’s copyright, then please let us know and we will undertake to rectify that point. And if you do use this material in your own work, a reference back to Grace’s Guide would be appreciated as it would help others use this resource.
The Grace’s Guide project is a charity (no. 1154342) and a company limited by guarantee.
To be the leading source of information regarding the Companies, People, Places and Products of the Industrial History of the UK and to preserve that information by making it readily available.