Site Name: Mechanics' Institute
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).
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).