Tyne and Wear HER(9829): North Shields, Saville Street, No. 54a, Mechanics Institute

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    "Former Mechanics Institute and Free Library. Built in 1857-58. Now the North Tyneside Business Advice Centre. 1857-8 by John Johnstone, perhaps with alterations by Dobson. Plain Italianate, without any flights of fancy. Red brick with stucco trim. Mechanics Institutes were buildings where artisans could learn more about their craft and the science behind it. They could use the reading room and attend lectures. Such institutues were set up to take up the ideas of Jeremy Bentham, politician and reformer (1723-90). London's Mechanic Institute was founded in 1824 by George Birkbeck. By 1844 there were 200 institutues in Britain with 50,000 members...."
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    Link: http://www.twsitelines.info/SMR/9829
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 6 years, 5 months ago
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