History is always made by people. This, of course, equally holds true for the age of the Industrial Revolution.
For this reason ERIH does not confine itself to simply presenting inventions and factories, but also inventors and architects of both sexes. We want to tell stories about the Industrial Revolution because it is so near to us. Near, because it has shaped our lives more than any other age in history. Not only that; our memories are still fresh and, for this reason, the stories are so exciting and authentic.

Following we present a selection of personalities who influenced the European industrial history.

Victor Hasselblad (1906 – 1978)

The Hasselblad company pioneered new technology in photography in the twentieth century. Its origins ...


John Haswell (1812 – 97)

John Haswell was one of several nineteenth-century Scotsmen who established large scale industries ...


Sir John Hawkshaw (1811 – 91)

Sir John Hawkshaw was one of a generation of British civil engineers whose expertise contributed to ...


Artur Hazelius (1833 – 1901)

Artur Hazelius founded the open air museum called Skansen at Stockholm, which has given its name to ...


Alfred Henry Heineken (1923 – 2002)

Alfred Heineken transformed his family’s brewing business in the second half of the 20th century ...


Friedrich Karl Henkel (1848 – 1920)

Domestic cleaning products are some of the least romantic products of twentieth- and ...


George Herbert (1814 – 1902)

The memoirs of George Herbert portray with unusual clarity the way of life of an urban craftsman, ...


Friedrich Anton von Heynitz (1725 – 1802)

Friedrich Anton von Heynitz was acknowledged in his lifetime as the greatest expert in Germany on ...


Franciscus Quirien den Hollander (1893 – 1982)

Franciscus Quirien den Hollander was a railway manager, notable in the Netherlands as the man who ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture