Bishopsgate Institute

Bishopsgate Institute

Charity information

Bishopsgate Institute

Bishopsgate Institute was “erected for the benefit of the public” in 1894, to give the people living and working in the City of London the chance to come together to discover and learn in extraordinary spaces.

Our endowment has allowed us to evolve through the years, to move from holding “lectures, exhibitions and otherwise” to a full programme of learning opportunities that takes in short courses, workshops, talks, classes, seminars and study weekends relevant to 21st century learners.

Founded 1894

  • Mission statement

    Bishopsgate Institute was “erected for the benefit of the public” in 1894, to give the people living and working in the City of London the chance to come together to discover and learn in extraordinary spaces.

    That purpose is unchanged, even as our audience and programme continue to expand and evolve in response to changing needs and expectations. Our founders chose the motto Senesco non Segnesco – I grow old but I do not grow lazy – and we continue to develop our programme and ourselves inspired by this statement of intent.

    We intend to build on our success so far and create a fully-integrated offer that meets the needs of our visitors, users and audiences and our own charitable objectives while making best use of our resources. We intend to increase the number of people coming together to do things they love in our extraordinary setting, and improve the quality of their experience at every stage.

    Independent thinking is core to who we are so our talks and debates by experts in relevant areas will continue to examine important issues with opinion formers and change makers. These, together with performances created through collaboration, will continue to explore themes that resonate with our archive collections, our heritage and our personality.

    We will look to find innovative channels to share the Bishopsgate Institute experience, brand and collections beyond our Victorian walls, and to increase participation in and enjoyment of our programme.

  • Aims

    Bishopsgate Institute aims to:

    • provide and maintain an Institute in, or near, the City of London, for the purpose of promoting the education of the public.
    • engage in the relief by all charitable means of persons in need as defined by the Trustees.
  • Overview

    Established: November 1894

    Registered Charity Number: 1090923

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 25

    Part time staff: 15

    Phone number: 020 7392 9200

    Address: 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

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