Great Hall of the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London, 1838-1860.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Print of a lithograph illustrating the interior of the Royal Polytechnic Institution at 309 Regent's Street, London. The image shows an exhibition in the great hall of models, ships, mechanical devices, busts and paintings. The Royal Polytechnic Institution was founded in 1838 by the aviation pioneer Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) and was the forerunner of the modern polytechnic. Its purpose was to provide an educational service for Londoners; it later became part of the University of Westminster.