Advert for the Polytechnic School of Practical & Applied Art
Printer: Johnson, WS
Medium: Printed Text
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 or artistic courses, such as those advertised here, it also held practical classes, 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.