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.

George Bradshaw (1801 – 53)

George Bradshaw, cartographer, printer, engraver and publisher publicised the concept of travelling ...


Thomas Brassey (1805 – 70)

Thomas Brassey was the first civil engineering contractor to work on a European, or rather on a ...


Wernher von Braun (1912 – 77)

Wernher von Braun was one of the outstanding pioneers of rocket propulsion of the 20tth century, and ...


Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 – 59)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the most imaginative figure in the heroic age of British civil ...


Éttorre Bugatti (1881 – 1947)

Éttorre Bugatti is best known as the builder of some of Europe’s most prestigious performance cars, ...


Reinhold Burger (1866 – 1954)

Reinhold Burger was born in the glassmaking community at Baruth, south of Berlin, and through his ...


Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971)

The career of Coco Chanel exemplifies the power of brands in twentieth-century industry and the ...


Yefim Cherapanow (1774 - 1842) & Miron Yefimvich Cherapanow (1803 – 1849)

Yefim Cherapanov (1774-1842) and his son Miron Yefimovich Cherapanov (1803-49) lived in the ...


André Citroën (1878 – 1935)

Paris, for many decades in the twentieth century, was one of Europe’s principal motor car ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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