Created in 2008, welcomed 116,000 visitors in 2016 and seems set to considerably exceed this in 2017.

The site replaced ‘’, which attempted to continue industrial-heritage conservation work begun in the University of Brighton in 2000. Coverage was subsequently expanded to include studies of the engine indicator; the French-made Éolienne Bollée wind-pump; the German cutlery, razor and toolmaking industries; and small firearms.

Please click on the individual links below to learn more.


Engine indicators, history and classification;
Éoliennes Bollée, history and gazetteer;
German cutlery, knife, razor and tool makers;
Guns and gunmakers

would like to thank friends (individual and corporate!) for providing information and assistance beyond the call of duty:

Internal Fire–Museum of Power
Tanygroes, Dyfed, Wales
Hubertus Solingen
Solingen Germany
The Canadian Museum of Making
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia
Maritiem Museum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
International Military Antiques, Inc., New Jersey, U.S.A.
Dr Bruce E. Babcock, Ohio, U.S.A.
Larry Parker, Florida, U.S.A.
Pieter Knobbe, the Netherlands

Jonathan Ellis Minns: an appreciation
click here for details.

Additional details can be obtained by e-mailing