Pioneering Education since 1821
It all began with a conversation...a conversation between two Edinburgh businessmen that would pioneer education for working people.
Leading a revolution in education
In October 1821 the School held its first lecture at St Cecilia's Concert Hall in Niddry Street, Edinburgh. The subject: chemistry. Over 300 people packed the venue. Several hundred were turned away. Within a month over 450 students had enrolled. Thirty years later over 700 Mechanics Institutes had been established across Britain. Emigrants took the movement as far as Australia and America.
Education becomes a right not a privilege
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A revolution in education has begun.