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Lottery grant boosts Lunar Society heritage project

The Lunar Society of Birmingham is celebrating after being awarded a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a new Midlands heritage trail. The trail – which will be available in print and on line – will tell the story of the original Lunar Society whose famous members included Matthew Boulton, James Watt,…


Easter Fun at Darwin House!

Erasmus Darwin House saw nearly 500 visitors come through the doors to explore the life and work of Lunar Society founder Erasmus Darwin over Easter weekend. Our volunteers baked tirelessly for our pop-up Georgian tea room and donned handmade costumes to reflect the period. We held back to back tours of the cellars under the Museum…


An update from the Herb Garden

By Marion Standing, Garden Volunteer April has brought new life to the herb gardens as well as the volunteer gardeners and we have been busy clearing away debris left by winter weather, moving out some unwanted plants and making plans for the new season. In the Culinary garden, there are shoots appearing from the Peony…


Ways of Looking with Art Expert

By Peter Gilbert, Volunteer and Speaker Liaison On Tuesday 11th April, on the evening of the full moon, we had the great pleasure of hearing Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator of Art at Derby Museum, talk to a full house, on her special subject “Joseph Wright, The Philosophers’ Painter”.  Lucy is the acknowledged UK expert on…


Must-see TV Show for any Darwin Fan

By Tony Taylor, Volunteer Guide The BBC have just aired the first episode of a three week programme on it’s flagship channel BBC1. The programme follows the work of a research vessel with special permission to explore the Galapagos Islands, equipped with a fantastic array of technical machinery and aids together with a range of…