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Mechanics Institute

 

The Mechanics Institutes were, to a degree, forerunners of the public libraries in the UK - and strong advocates for the adoption of the Public Library Acts in the 19th century.  The Haltwhistle branch of Northumberland County Library still occupies this building.

 

Mechanics Institute

 

The Mechanics Institutes were, to a degree, forerunners of the public libraries in the UK - and strong advocates for the adoption of the Public Library Acts in the 19th century.  The Haltwhistle branch of Northumberland County Library still occupies this building.

 

comments (14)

I really love the way you've cropped / framed this - a wonderful piece of the architecture
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - much appreciated.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 13 Jun 2016, 02:22
C'est une très jolie présentation joliment exécutée.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 13 Jun 2016, 03:05
This is a fine portal, Tom.

The towns in Victoria, Australia, from whence I came, had either a Mechanics Institute or a Masonic Hall.

For some reason I always had the impression the "Mechanics" were a rival gang to the "Masons", but I thought of them all as Goat Botherers.
Tom Wilson: A different organization altogether, Ray - very much concerned with the education of the working man.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jun 2016, 04:35
The days of self improvement
Tom Wilson: It's hard to tell if we've done any better! The prevailing idiocy suggests that universal education has not yet taken hold!
What a lovely portal Tom!
Tom Wilson: Striking, isn't it?
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 13 Jun 2016, 06:14
And very important they were, too
Tom Wilson: Indeed they were.
I don't think I would have ever made the connection between Mechanics Institute and Public Library, Tom. I think I'm stilling "lost in translation," but I do like the image.
Tom Wilson: They were set up, among other things, to improve the education of the working man and they saw libraries as essential in that role.
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jun 2016, 10:57
Very well carved, Tom. Maybe the stone mason was a member of the institute.
Tom Wilson: Unless he was a member of the Masons smile
There have been many fine public service societies and individuals in the distant past Tom, disputed all the horror stories from earlier eras.
Tom Wilson: Very true, Chad.
That's very interesting, Tom.
Tom Wilson: They were important institutions in their day.
Nicely taken Tom, good b/w.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Frank.
This is good Tom. Such places always had fine architecture.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Brian.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Jun 2016, 13:27
Great picture. Since the relationship between mechanics and libraries were a bit of a mystery to me, I read up. What is surprising, is the number of Mechanic Institutes in the US, that are now linked to libraries or cultural centers.
Tom Wilson: I'm not sure where the movement started, Louis- but obviously there was transatlantic trade at some point smile
very nicely framed and presented in b/w, Tom. i love it.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ayush

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