The family origins of Michael Faraday are traced in ‘Beginnings’. Born in London in 1791, his family had moved from Westmorland to find work. His father worked as an ironmonger and the family lived near Manchester Square. Faraday attended a ‘common day school’. where he learnt the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic. His family were dissenters, members of a group called the Sandemanians, which left him outside the establishment. After serving an apprenticeship in his early teens in a bookshop and stationers, he later secured a position as a bookbinder in 1812.