In 1838, when Victoria was still new on the throne, suggesting that a geometry lecture was as suitable for 'ladies' as 'young gentlemen' was perhaps forward-thinking. However, the uses to which the The Deptford Mechanics' Institute suggested it might be put showed how different men's and women's lives were expected to be:
A LECTURE WILL BE GIVEN ON THE ABOVE SCIENCE
ON TUESDAY EVENING, 6th NOVEMBER, 1838,
BY Mr. PEASE OF WOOLWICH,
AT THE MECHANICS’ INSTITUTION,
High Street, near the Broadway, Deptford.
The Lecture will be illustrated by Diagrams on a large scale, drawn on a vertical surface in the presence of the audience, and each problem will be demonstrated practically, so as to render all the principles of construction self evident; - the Lecture being intended to meet the wishes of young Gentlemen and others preparing for CIVIL ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS, SURVEYORS, and MECHANICS.
It is also hoped that Ladies will find the Lecture of considerable service in their studies of GEOGRAPHY, DRAWING, &c.
TICKETS 1s. each, may be had of Mrs. Brown, Printer, opposite the Church; and an early application is recommended as only 60 Tickets will be sold.
Doors open 7 o’clock, and the Lecture to commence precisely at ½ -past 7.
BROWN, Printer, High Street, Deptford.