Bishopsgate Institute has been opening minds, challenging perceptions and enriching lives since 1895.
We are a home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry; a place where culture, heritage and learning meet, and where independent thought is cherished.
We do this through a diverse range of activities, all housed in our beautiful historic building:
- an exciting programme of Cultural Events which range from music concerts and debates to talks and walks
- our Courses for Adults programme offering over 125 different courses three times a year
- Bishopsgate Library with its important collections on the history of London and the labour, co-operative, freethought and humanist movements
- a Schools and Community Learning programme where young people and local community groups can explore our library collections
- Bishopsgate Halls venue hire for between 2 to 600 people.
Help support our bursary programme
Bishopsgate Institute has been running a limited bursary programme for our courses for the last few years - each term we offer a number of free places for people who find it hard to pay the full or concessionary rates.
Over the years, it has become more and more evident that people in straitened circumstances can benefit greatly from informal adult learning classes. It raises people's self-confidence and often creates a route back to participation in wider society.
Veronica* for example, is 38, on incapacity benefit and attended a Ballroom Dancing course at the Institute:
[Before the course began] 'I withdrew from life for 2 ½ years after suffering from Lyme disease which led to arthritis, then I lost my job, and got divorced and all this led to a breakdown. I hope this course will gently ease me back into interaction with people. I struggle financially but I would really like to do something nice and that I love in order to be better, feel better and recover. This course is one step forward towards normal life again.'
[After completing the course] 'I enjoyed learning new steps and feeling better about myself. I could feel worthless and think I'm not capable but each week, after we went through the dances we had previously learnt, I would feel positive as I knew the dances and could do it. I now feel ready to meet new people which I didn't before. I like the Institute, the building and the people and I like the opportunity you have given me.'
Demand for places has increased considerably over the last few years but unfortunately, as a charity ourselves, we don't have sufficient funding to provide further free course places.
We would like to expand the bursary programme to offer at least 100 free places each year on our courses. The total cost of the Bursary programme in 2011-12 will be £12,000. We are able to allocate £3,000 in our own budget to provide at least 25 places each year and cover the costs of administering and marketing the programme.
We now need your help to raise the remaining £9,000. This will enable us to offer a total of 100 free places on our courses for adults programme in 2013-14.
Please help us achieve this goal by making a donation below. Thank you
Bishopsgate Institute is in an easy to reach location in one of London's most dynamic areas, just two minutes walk away from Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market. Please go to the Visitor Information pages for a map and travel directions.
For more information about our heritage visit Our history.
To find out more about Bishopsgate Institute visit www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Bishopsgate Institute and Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England. No: 4362659
Registered Charity No: 1090923