The original working
mans association was held in the schoolrooms attached to
Hartshill Church - it opened in January 1856:-
preliminary meeting, held a few days ago, 65 members were
enrolled; Herbert Minton, Esq., was appointed president; the
Rev.W.D.Isaac, vice-president; Colin Minton Campbell, Esq.,
treasurer; and Mr.Snelson, secretary. The opening lecture
will be delivered on Monday evening, by the vice-president.
The newsroom, which will be supplied with 7 daily and 18
weekly newspapers, as well as leading periodicals, will be
opened on the following day; and there will be classes for
reading, writing, arithmetic, grammar, geography, &c. We are
glad to see that the plan of the committee also embraces a
provision for rational amusements. The terms of the membership
are 4d per month."
Staffordshire Advertiser, 26 January 1856
Colin Minton Campbell
financed the building of a purpose built institute and
The Staffordshire Sentinel and Midlands County Advertiser
of Saturday 15, 1859 building work started in October 1858.
The Institute opened on
the 19th January 1859:-
WORKING MEN'S INSTITUTION, Inaugural Entertainment. The
Committee have much pleasure in announcing to the Members and
to the Public, that the New Building of the above Institution,
will be opened on Monday 19th January, 1859, on which occasion
the inaugural address will be delivered by the Rev. W.D.Isaac,
to be followed by Addresses from others of the Gentry and the
Clergy. The Admission, on this evening, to the Body of the
Hall, will be by ticket, Free, to be obtained from the
Secretary and the Committee; a few reserved tickets for the
Gallery, 1s each, to be had from the Secretary only."
Staffordshire Sentinel. 1