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October 2019

20th Anniversary Lunar Lecture Seminar Day – Quackery & Medicine, Kill or Cure

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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James Graham’s ‘celestial bed’ - Lydia Syson Scrofula, Gout and Dropsy- Dr Samuel Johnson and his Physicians – Dr Nicholas Cambridge Dr James Barry - The woman who fooled the British Army - Jeremy Dronfield Robert James – Fever powders - the Garden Volunteers from Erasmus Darwin House

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November 2019

A mighty master of unmeaning rhyme: Erasmus Darwin and the Romantic Poets by Paul Whickman, Derby University

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£6.00

Lord Byron's dismissal of Erasmus Darwin as 'That mighty master of unmeaning rhyme' (English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809)), belies Darwin's status as one of the leading poets of his age. This lecture considers the significance of Darwin's relationship to the poets of the Romantic period. Not only was Darwin's poetry read by writers such as Coleridge and Byron, others such as Percy and Mary Shelley were strongly influenced by him. Dr Paul Whickman, Derby University.

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December 2019

The Curious Character of Martin van Butchell – Dr Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Trust

December 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£10.00

From his extravagant beard, to his purple-painted pony and the mummified body of his dearly beloved wife that he kept in his living room, nothing was normal about eighteenth century dentist Martin van Butchell. Join Simon Chaplin, Director of Wellcome Collection, for an exploration of  the life and times of one of Georgian London’s most eccentric medical men. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and mince pie, followed by the lecture. Picture courtesy of the Wellcome Collection

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