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1840 The Beaumont Philosophical Institution was founded in Beaumont Square, Mile End Road, Stepney, by John Thomas Barber Beaumont, "for the mental and moral improvement of the inhabitants of the said Square, and the surrounding neighbourhood...."
1879 The Beaumont Institution closed
1882 A new scheme for the Beaumont Trust was drawn up by the Charity Commissioners, inspired by the Polytechnic concept. The trustees spent the next years raising money to build the People's Palace, Mile End Road, Stepney, which would offer educational courses, reading rooms and other facilities. A substantial amount came from the Drapers' Company.
1887 The main hall of the People's Palace was opened by Queen Victoria, 14 May 1887. Day courses on technical subjects were introduced for students.
1892 Began to provide elementary education as well.
There was a tension between the emphasis on popular entertainment and the formal education which was formalized in what would become the East London Technical College in 1896.
1907 The college became the East London Technical College; the College was given temporary school of the University of London.
1909 The administration of the People's Palace was separated from that of the East London College
1915 East London College became School of the University of London
1933 A new scheme of administration was drawn up by the Charity Commissioners which separated entirely the People's Palace from the East London College
1934 The East London College received a royal charter and was renamed Queen Mary College.