1908 The Twentieth Annual Report lamented a decline in members due to effective competition from other Institutes, local churches and evening education classes, which most members attended three times a week. Despite this, they still paid the full price of their subscription to The Florence, which would eventually take its toll on their resources. Furthermore, […]


1907 1907-8 saw a rise in subscriptions, and the Committee took very seriously the benevolent influence the Institute had over the boys of the neighbourhood:  ‘The boys are a very deserving class and pay for the privileges they enjoy. If they had not such Institutes, where they spend their evenings in a sensible and manly […]


1905 This year saw the very first gathering of The Florence Institutes ‘Old Boys’, with 250 in attendance. ‘Many of the old members expressed their delight at meeting former comrades after not seeing them for several years and hoped that the reunion would become an annual fixture’. Over 115 years later, the Institute remains incredibly proud […]


1904 The noble art of self-defence and boxing maintained its popularity throughout the season, with members outweighing room capacity. It appears the popularity was down to an experienced member becoming the boys’ instructor. Unfortunately, there’s no record of his name, only accolades of his efforts and relative success. Whilst swimming remained an important and vital […]


1903 1903 witnessed a slight drop in attendance and income for the Institute, as a sickness epidemic hit the neighbourhood. In addition, Grafton Street’s Industrial school cancelled its hire of the gymnasium due to the opening of its own, which contributed to the hit. Despite this, its members continued to save their pocket money carefully, […]


1906 This report witnessed a small decrease in attendance of 918, attributed to unusually fine weather in March, and competition from the Liverpool Education Committee, which provided evening continuation classes. Despite the smoking ban of 1905, there was still ‘great demand’ for the Seniors’ Room in particular, and it was anticipated an additional room might be needed to […]


1902 The Cadet Battalion grew stronger this year; a free grant of ammunition from the Government was given to fund and increase opportunities at the firing range. ‘The value to the nation of accustoming youths to the effective use of the rifle is manifest as bearing on practical schemes of defence, the necessity for which the […]


1901 Numbers gradually increased to 47,298 this year, with the Institute attracting an average attendance of 166 per day. The Institute attributed much of its popularity to the high standard of entertainment provided, particularly by local amateurs, who kindly gave their services by offering good, wholesome entertainment for the working classes of the Dingle.  The […]


1900 During 1900 The Florence Institute was open 293 days, with 40,551 attendances, an average of 138 people per day. During the year particular interest was paid to an Industrial Exhibition to encourage members and their parents ‘the necessity of doing something worthy for themselves’. Unfortunately, the boys’ and parents’ results proved to be not entirely […]