An inspiring tradition
In 1823, George Birkbeck started a revolution in London’s education system by establishing a college specifically for working people. The foundation of the Mechanics’ Institution meant that for the first time, artisans and craftsmen could learn about science, art and economics.
In 1920, Birkbeck officially became part of the University of London on condition that it should continue to provide flexible, evening teaching. This remains our central mission, as is our commitment to being intellectually adventurous and socially radical.