Comprises a set of minute books of the governing body and its committees (1843-1884), programme books (1859-1878), annual reports (1845-1886), buildings records (1859-1903), membership records (1844-1889), subscriptions (1845-1885), student records (1863-1882), teachers (1856-1881), Huddersfield School of Art Register (1872-1884), financial records (1845-1886), the accounts of the Penny Savings Bank (started in Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution and the forerunner of the Post Office Savings Bank), correspondence (1855-1884), press cuttings, portraits. An almost complete archive, it is a vital source of information about the working-class people of Huddersfield and the local industrialists who governed the Mechanics' Institution.
Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution records
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution was formed in 1843 from the Young Men's Mental Improvement Society, which had been formed in 1841 by five employees of Frederick Schwann. In 1884 it amalgamated with the Huddersfield Female Educational Institute to become the Huddersfield Technical School and Mechanics' Institute.
Conditions Governing Access
Available to all researchers, by appointment
Other Finding Aids
Handlist of the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution records. A detailed listing of the contents is also available on the Huddersfield University Archives web site http://www.hud.ac.uk/tlc/archives/hmi/index.htm