Crewe Mechanics Institute

Object Title

Crewe Mechanics Institute

Crewe Mechanics Institute




GB 0017 D4807



Scope and Content

Minutes of the Council, 1860-1921 [see series record]
Annual reports, 1845-1912
Minutes of the finance, education, hall, library, games and entertainment, social club committees, 1854-1940
Correspondence, 1903-1922
Accounts, 1918-1937
Leases, inventories and specifications, 1901-1934
Some records of Crewe Scientific Society, 1898-1902
Crewe Engineering Society, 1879-1884
Crewe and District Hospital Society Fund, 1890-1913


.25 cubic metres, textual material

Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements

The Minutes of the Council; the Annual Reports; the Minutes of the sub committees; and the Accounts are bound.

The Correspondence, and the Leases etc. are in files.

The records of the Crewe Scientific Society, the Crewe Engineering Society and the Crewe and District Hospital Fund are mixed, some bound and some in files.

Finding Aids

There is an index to the Minutes of the Council

Access Conditions

Open access

Location of Copies

Crewe Local Studies and Archives

Related Material

Crewe Local Studies and Archives

Reproduction Conditions

No restrictions

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1845 the institution was founded in Crewe, Cheshire, by amalgamating an existing mechanics institute and a techncial institute. It was formed to give techncial training, in theory and practice to railway apprentices and workmen, and later had a more general educational role and included non-railway members. Its room in the assembly hall (later known as the town hall) originally contained a library, newsroom and committee room. The library and newsroom had been brought together as one organisation at the end of 1844. In April 1936 the library and reading room were leased to Crewe Corporation for uses as the public library; by the 1950s the buildings had dteriorated and they were demolished around 1970.

Archivist's Note

This record was created as a test for KINT.

Language of Material