Shelley Mechanics' Institute

Shelley Mechanics' Institute was established circa 1847.[1]

By 1858, the institute 83 male and 15 female members, and a total of 402 books in its library.[2] Ten years later, the membership had declined to 79.[3]

The institute was still in existence in May 1894[4] although by then it was no longer providing evening classes — instead it organised guest speaker lectures and maintained a library for its members.[5]

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Notes and References

  1. A newspaper report of the institute's annual soirée stated 1848, but the West Yorkshire Archive Service's records are for 1847 to 1896.
  2. "Shelley Mechanics' Institution Annual Soirée" in Huddersfield Chronicle (02/Jan/1858).
  3. Huddersfield Chronicle (04/Jan/1868).
  4. "Shelley" in Huddersfield Chronicle (05/May/1894).
  5. "Shelley Mechanics' Institute" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (03/Jan/1891).