A hub for culture and learning since 1895
120 Years Providing Unique Spaces
Since first opening our doors on New Year’s Day 1895, the Bishopsgate Institute has been a hub for culture and learning.
The original aims of the Institute were to provide a public library, public hall and meeting rooms for people living and working in the City of London. The Great Hall in particular was ‘erected for the benefit of the public to promote lectures, exhibitions and otherwise the advancement of literature, science and the fine arts'.
With its terracotta façade covered with stylised leafy trees and topped by two turrets, its impressive Great Hall, panelled Boardroom and recently-restored Reference Library, our Grade II* listed building is one of the very few in the area to have survived the 20th century intact.
Our timeline highlights some of the key moments in the Bishopsgate Institute's history. New milestones will continue to be added.