Walker, Martyn (2016) No more admirable building could be provided for such a purpose: A study of several mechanics’ institutes and how they have been adapted for twenty-first century Britain. In: Reinvention: Thriving in the 21st Century: International Conference of Independent Libraries & Mechanics’ Institutes, 3 – 6 November, 2016, Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco, USA.

What happened to mechanics’ institutes in Britain following
the introduction of state post-school education?
This paper is divided into three parts:
1. Mechanics institutes and education,
2. Mechanics’ institutes and the library movement,
3. Mechanics’ institutes and the community.

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