The name Huddersfield Mechanics' Institute was used by two separate organisations from 1825 to 1836 and from 1843 and 1883.
The Huddersfield Young Men's Mental Improvement Society was established in May 1841 by employees of John Frederic Schwann. The society changed its name to the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institute following a meeting held on 1 August 1843 chaired by J. Kell, reflecting a desire by its members to place a greater emphasis on the teaching of technical and scientific subjects.
By February 1844, the institute had 410 members.
In 1847, the occupations of the attendees was recorded as follows:
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In 1883, the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institute was merged with the Huddersfield Female Educational Institute (est. 1846) and became the Huddersfield Technical School and Mechanics' Institute.