Mechanics' Institute

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Venue Type & Location

Lecture Hall

Site Name: Mechanics' Institute
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: 29 Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane. For a current map, Click Here. For an historical map showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right), Click Here and Here.

  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:

  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.

  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Mechanics' Institute

    Events at Mechanics' Institute

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Lecture 3 November 1847 - 3 November 1847 London, London (city-county) Phrenological Class of the London Mechanics Instit

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (

      (Under Education - Professional / Technical Colleges / Institutions - Mechanics' Institute)

    • Timbs, John. Curiosities of London (1868). London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1868.

      “MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE, Southampton-buildings, Holborn, founded by the philanthropic Dr, Birkbeck in 1823; who also, in 1825, advanced a large sum for building the fine theatre of the Institution. The library has 6000 vols.” (522).