The Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution is a vibrant cultural, creative and social centre founded in 1839 in the heart of Highgate Village.
The historic building has a membership of around 1,200 members who are loyal supporters of Handmade In Highgate. The Institute promotes science, literature and the arts through the provision of a gallery space, library, lectures, concerts and exhibitions. The building is normally closed to non-members, Handmade In Highgate offers visitors an opportunity to see the building during the show.
The HiH fairs always take place in the Victoria Hall also known as the Highgate Gallery and the Members Room. The Institute hosts a book fair in the library for the duration of the fairs.