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ERIC Number: ED045890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1957
Pages: 390
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George Birkbeck; Pioneer of Adult Education.
Kelly, Thomas
George Birkbeck, known to the present generation principally as the founder of Birkbeck College, was a Quaker doctor and teacher who played a leading role in a great variety of educational institutions and movements in the first half of the nineteenth century. This biography describes his early years in Yorkshire, his life as a student in Edinburgh, his work as a teacher of science in Glasgow and his medical and educational activities in London. It also gives the first complete survey of the origins and history of the mechanics' institute movement, with which he was particularly associated. This great adult education movement provided the starting point for many of our modern public libraries and technical colleges. Appendixes include a bibliography of Birkbeck's letters and a listing of mechanics' institutions recorded in Great Britain up to 1851, which shows the growth and geographical distribution of these institutions. (Author/DM)
Liverpool University Press, Bedford House, 75 Bedford Street South, Liverpool 7, England (45s. net)
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Identifiers: Birkbeck (George); Great Britain; Quakers