Mechanics' Institutes

    SubTitle

    Introductions to Heritage Assets
    Mechanics' Institutes large image 1
        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        1 May 2017
        11104813
        11104813

        Main Summary

          This introduction sets out the origins and evolution of the mechanics institute, a nineteenth century phenomenon, emerging from the 1820s and continuing into the years preceding the First World War.

          The institutes were the product of the Industrial Revolution which had created demand for a workforce to manage its machinery, to tend, repair and improve the complex mechanisation that revolutionised our output. They provided education for the working man through lending libraries, lecture theatres, class rooms and laboratories and often included in the mix of courses and technical material, wider opportunities for learning and betterment. The concept was a successful one and by mid-century there were several hundred mechanics institutes gracing England’s major urban centres. A significant proportion were purpose-built, showing an investment in the nation’s workforce and the priority given to the initiative.

          Around 75 are listed, at least one third of which have found a compatible re-use and continue to illustrate, in their dignified variety, the commendable efforts made towards adult education in Queen Victoria’s reign.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Ian West

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          297mm

          Number of Illustrations

          13

          Number of Pages

          16

          ISBN

          9781848025288

          Contents

            Introduction
            Historical background
            Development of the building type
            Change and the future
            Further reading
            Acknowledgements

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