Walker, Martyn (2015) For the last many years in England everybody has been educating the people, but they have forgotten to find them any books. In: Libraries and the Development of Professional Knowledge Library & Information History Group annual conference 2015, 19th September 2015, Pusey House, Oxford, UK. (Unpublished)

The origins of the Mechanics’ Institute Movement can be traced back to 1799 when George Birkbeck was appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Anderson Institution in Glasgow,
The aim of the Institution was to provide lectures to ‘men whose situation in early life has precluded the possibility of acquiring even the smallest portion of scientific knowledge’,
Glasgow MI was opened on July 5 1823 with Birkbeck as its first president,
The London Mechanics’ Institution was established in the same year.

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