“I’ve always been interested in our industrial past. It’s an important part of our history and its thanks largely to the dedication of voluntary organisations that a small part of our great industrial heritage has been preserved for future generations.”

                                                                                                Fred Dibnah. 1998

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Helping to preserve Britain’s great industrial past

When the Queen came to the throne in 1952 Britain was still the most urbanized and industrialized nation in the world accounting for a quarter of world trade in manufacturing. It was a time when Britain was the foremost world producer of ships and the leading European producer of coal, steel, cars and textiles. Since then Britain’s industrial landscape has changed dramatically. Whole industries have disappeared and the communities that grew up around our traditional industries have had to adapt to new types of employment or to no work at all. The Industrial History Trust is a non profit making charitable organization whose primary aim is to record on film the memories of the men and women who worked in Britain’s major industries when we still had them.

Creating a permanent national archive before it is too late

It is vitally important that the memories of ordinary people who worked in the industries that once made Britain a great nation are not forgotten. And it’s not just the working lives of people, it’s also the communities that they were part of at a time when the word community really meant something – when you knew the names of your neighbours and when job stability and family were cornerstones in life. The Industrial History Trust will create a permanent national archive of interviews with the people who lived and worked in Britain’s major industrial regions when they were still thriving. They are the last generation who worked in the industries on which Britain’s economic might was founded and it is essential that these times and people are not forgotten. Intalking to them about their working lives, working conditions and the communities they lived the Trust will create a valuable oral history of a rapidly disappearing generation who have important stories to tell.