Joseph Stannah was an incredible engineer who pushed the boundaries of Victorian technology to make hoists, cranes, and lifts – amongst other things – safer, stronger and more efficient. Not only was he an engineering genius he was also socially enlightened for his time with a genuine concern for his staff and the wider welfare and development of society. As a business our 150th anniversary has provided a great incentive to look ahead and show our determination to reach our next milestone at 200 years, we also felt it was a fitting opportunity to pay tribute to our remarkable founder. As a business we have always championed the cause of engineering through work in local schools and colleges and now, for the first time we are bringing our benevolent activities under a new umbrella: the Joseph Stannah Foundation. Underpinned by a substantial donation from the Stannah family the Foundation will support projects that promote engineering and related sciences as a career as we believe innovation in new ideas and solutions is the most important driver of growth for world economies and our company.

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"It is undoubtedly the duty of every engineer to instruct their share of the rising generation, but it is also their duty to do it in such a way as shall conduce most to the general prosperity of the future"
Taken from Joseph Stannah’s letter to The Engineer, 1 February 1889
  • Our aims

    • Encourage an early interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and careers
    • Recognise excellence in young people in these areas.
    • Promote equality, diversity and inclusiveness in the all matters related to STEM and product ideas and solutions.
  • Our projects

    The projects we support include:

    • The Arkwright Scholarship
    • STEM UK Project Enthuse
    • Portway School Annual Science Project

  • Applications to the Foundation

    • Promote understanding of STEM subjects at any stage of education by
      • developing class room initiatives
      • creating programme for teachers to help them develop howthey present engineering to their students
    • Encourage innovation in all forms of engineering
    • Develop a clear vision for the future of UK engineering
    • Identify, recognise and encourage excellence in young people
    • Inspire women and other minorities to consider a career in engineering
  • How to apply for funding

    Please click the link below to email us details of how your project meets the JSF criteria and set out how we can support you either through funding or providing support in kind for STEM projects.

    Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

    Email us your application >

    You can also apply by post at the address below:

    The Joseph Stannah Foundation
    Watt Close
    Hampshire SP10 3SD

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