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1823-2023

Birkbeck's 200th anniversary

We have been transforming lives for nearly 200 years. Join us as we celebrate our history and look to the future.

Birkbeck's 200th anniversary

Birkbeck is incredibly proud to be approaching our 200th anniversary in 2023. Find out about how Birkbeck will be celebrating this landmark - remembering our revolutionary inception and looking to our future plans. Join us to explore how we've been transforming lives for nearly two centuries.

We are also approaching another milestone - 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of our membership of the University of London.

OUR 200-year HISTORY

Learn more about Birkbeck's history, including its foundation meeting in a London pub, the early admission of women to the College, notable Birkbeckians, and our former officers.

100 years as part of the University of London

We are celebrating this milestone by presenting a lecture series in February 2020.

BIRKBECK TODAY

Many organisations do not survive 200 years, but even fewer do so in a manner that their founders would recognise.

Since Dr George Birkbeck created the London Mechanics’ Institution in 1823, the organisation that is now Birkbeck, University of London, has been the gateway for ambitious people to study in the evening. In doing so they change their own lives - and have an immediate impact on business, the economy and our entire society.