Our history

We’ve been around for more than 130 years, and have a fascinating history. You can explore it with our dedicated archive website.

The roof of Fulham Palace Road, an old red brick

Guinness was founded in 1890 to improve people’s lives. And that’s still what we’re about today.

In 1890, philanthropist Sir Edward Cecil Guinness donated £200,000 to set up the Guinness Trust in London, with an additional £50,000 for the Dublin Fund, which later became the Iveagh Trust.

He wanted to help improve the lives of ordinary people, many of whom couldn’t afford decent homes. He wanted to improve people’s lives and create possibilities for them. We’re proud that thousands of families have benefited from this vision.

Take a look at our dedicated archive website.