College of Science and Arts, Glasgow

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

College of Science and Arts, Glasgow

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Glasgow Mechanics' Institution (1823-1881)

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1827-1887

History

The Glasgow Mechanics' Institution was formed in July 1823, as the result of a dispute between members of the mechanics' class and the managers of Anderson's Institution over Dr Andrew Ure's lectures, and access to the library and museum. George Birkbeck encouraged this schism and agreed to be patron of the new institution, which was the second mechanics' institution founded in Great Britain. A mechanics' class continued to be offered at Anderson's Institution after 1823 and the members of the class continued in dispute with Dr Ure over his lectures.

After a period in temporary premises in Shuttle Street, the Glasgow Mechanics' Institution moved in 1831 to North Hanover Street to a building provided by John Leadbetter, a Glasgow businessman and former student of Anderson's Institution. In 1862, the Mechanics' Institution moved to a new building at 38 Bath Street.

The opening lecture was delivered on 5 November 1823 by John Steele, Lecturer in Chemistry and Mechanics, and in later years the Institution offered courses in science and mechanics, architectural and mechanical drawing, mechanical and electrical engineering and naval architecture. In 1881 the Mechanics' Institution changed its name to the College of Science and Arts and in 1887, with Anderson's College and other institutions, it became part of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College.

Places

Glasgow, Scotland

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

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Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow (1887-1964)

Identifier of the related entity

C0065

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

1887

Description of relationship

The College of Science and Arts joined with other institutions to form the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (which later became the Royal College of Science and Technology).

Related entity

Tatlock, Robert Rattray, 1837-1934, chemist (1837-1934)

Identifier of the related entity

P0047

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1873 - 1884

Description of relationship

Tatlock was a lecturer at the College.

Related entity

Geological Society of Glasgow (1858 to date)

Identifier of the related entity

C0122

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1858-1887

Description of relationship

There were links between the Geological Society and the College.

Related entity

Graham, Thomas, 1805-1869, chemist (1805-1869)

Identifier of the related entity

P0004

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1830s

Description of relationship

Graham delivered lectures at the Glasgow Mechanics' Institution (which later became the College of Science and Arts).

Related entity

Anderson's College, Glasgow (1796-1887)

Identifier of the related entity

C0046

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1823

Description of relationship

The Glasgow Mechanics' Institution (which later became the College of Science and Arts) was established by the members of the mechanics' class at Anderson's Institution.

Access points area

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

C0032

Institution identifier

GB 249

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Victoria Peters, November 2009.

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Sources

'John Anderson and the College he founded', by James Muir (1950); 'John Anderson's Legacy', by John Butt (1996).

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