Advert for the Polytechnic School of Elocution
Printer: Johnson, WS
Medium: Print on paper
A visionary educational institute established by the missionary Quintin Hogg, the Polytechnic opened in London in 1838. It provided room and board for young men, running classes and activities that encouraged the "spiritual, social, educational and athletic" growth of its charges.
While the Polytechnic held many academic lectures, it also held practical courses, ranging from literacy lessons to instruction in boot and shoe manufacturing. It was the only place in London where non-apprenticed working men could improve their trade skills. The Polytechnic developed an international reputation and became a model for applied education across London.
This leaflet advertises a series of elocution lessons taught by Mr SL Hasluck. Elocution lessons were sold on the basis that - in an era of firm morals and strict etiquette rules - social and financial success depended on how well you presented yourself to others.