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Self Help: Mechanics’ Worldwide Conference 2009

Proceedings of the Second International Conference convened by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution at BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, England, 24-29 September, 2009



Briggs, Asa | Baron Briggs of Lewes

Foreword to the Conference


Ford, Dr Peter | Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Welcome speech at the opening night reception, Roman Baths, Bath



Anderson, Dr Robert | Vice-President, Clare Hall, Cambridge, England

Presidential Address to the 2010 AIL Annual General Meeting


Anderson, Dr Robert | Vice-President, Clare Hall, Cambridge, England

Where are the Mechanics’ Museums?


Atkinson, Keith | St Agnes Miners’ & Mechanics’ Institute, England

St Agnes Miners’ and Mechanics’ Institute


Bird, Stephen | Bath Heritage Services, England

The Cultural Heritage of Bath


Brien, Roger | Devon & Exeter Institution, England

Devon and Exeter Institution — Past, Present & Future


Brooks, Dr Ann | (formerly) Portico Library, Manchester, England

Science, Liberalility and Good Taste: The Nineteenth Century Movement for Subscription Botanic Gardens


Burroughs, Stuart | Museum of Bath at Work, England

The Life and Work of Isaac Pitman, A Bath Resident


Butler-Bowdon, Tom | Oxford, England

Samuel Smiles and A Phililosophy of Success


Cherry, Scott | Loughborough University, England

Is reading a self-help book an occasion of self-help?


Clarke, Richard | Birkbeck College, University of London, England

Self Help and the London Mechanics’ Institute - Birkbeck after (George) Birkbeck


Cunliffe-Jones, Janet | Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, England

The Perilous Act of Lecturing — Clara Lucas Balfour (1808-1878), prolific travelling lecturer


Dwyer, Judith | Berwick Mechanics’ Institute & Free Library

Berwick Mechanics’ Institute and Free Library and its Heritage Collections, including the Casey Collection — the Private Library of Lord and Lady Casey


Forster, Geoffrey | Leeds Library, England

Samuel Smiles in Leeds


Gordon, Dr Dane R | Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Contemporary Higher Education From the Perspective of an Institute of Technology


Hoare, Peter | (Former) Chair, Historic Libraries Forum

Mechanics, Artisans, Operatives, Labourers and others


Jarvis, Adrian | Liverpool University, England

The paradox of Samuel Smiles’ views on Technical Education


Killen, John | Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Libraries and Revolution in Ireland


Kirsop, Prof. Wallace | Centre for the Book, Monash University, Australia

William Rathbone Greg (1809-1881) and the Foundation of the Bury Mechanics’ Institution in Lancashire in 1829


Lowden, Bronwyn | Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria, Australia

Mechanics' Institutes of Australia


Lowden, Jim | Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria, Australia

Timothy Claxton — London — St Petersburg — Boston


Mathlin, Dr Gary | University of Bath, England

The Herschels — a Scientific Dynasty


Manley, Dr Keith | Institute of Historical Research, University of London, England

Books, Baths and Billliards: The Story of Greenock Library and Institution


McClay, David | National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

The John Murray Archive


Morris, Dr Roger | Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Australia

The Second Wave and Self-Help: The Schools of Arts of the Suburbs and the Rural Towns of New South Wales


Powell, Dr Michael | Chetham’s Library, Manchester, England

A Library for the literate, a Museum for the masses


Rose, Daniel | Swindon New Mechanics’ Trust, England

Swindon Mechanics’ Institute


Sims, Jana | Institute of Education, University of London

Mechanics’ Institutes in Sussex and Hampshire


Verity, D |

The Bradford Mechanics’ Institute Library


Wendorf, Dr Richard | Boston Athenaeum, USA

America’s Membership Libraries


Poster Presentations:

Melbourne Athenaeum | Melbourne, Australia

Illustrated chronology of the Melbourne Athenaeum


Melbourne Athenaeum | Melbourne, Australia

Illustrated chronology of the Melbourne Athenaeum


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