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February 2021

Lunar Lecture – Suffragette Surgeons: The Women who ran Britain’s Trailblazing Military Hospital

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

When war broke out in 1914 dozens of women doctors offered their services – but they were told by the British Army to “Go home and sit still”. Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson refused to sit still. Both qualified doctors and suffragettes – and also life partners – they took a unit of women doctors, nurses and orderlies to France. They ran a hospital there so successfully that the army invited them to open a second hospital and then…

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March 2021

Matthew Boulton and the Soho Mint: Copper to Customer by Dr Sue Tungate

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
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£6.00

Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) was a globally important industrialist who introduced innovative minting practices at his Soho Mint. This  lecture describes the processes involved, from mining the copper to the delivery of products to the customer. There was a shortage of small change towards the end of the 18thcentury, and Boulton strove to solve this problem, eventually obtaining customers all over Britain, including the British Government. He also made coins for the East India Company, and for Europe, Africa, the West…

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April 2021

“SPRING” – Online art exhibition in conjunction with the Lichfield Society of Artists

April 9 - May 31
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
free

Erasmus Darwin House is pleased to host this online art exhibition from the Lichfield Society of Artists. Lichfield Society of Artists has been encouraging and promoting the work of its members for over 75 years. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of work or would like more information about the society please make contact with the society at lichfieldsocartists@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: All the images shown are the original work of the artist and cannot be reproduced without permission. …

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Maria Jacson, a forgotten female botanist by Sara Porter

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
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£6.00

Maria Jacson, a forgotten female botanist.  Maria  Jacson was an eighteenth-century English writer, known for her books on botany at a time when there were significant obstacles to women's authorship.  This talk will focus on the growing development of women within botany and how key players such as Erasmus Darwin and Brooke Boothby promoted female education. It will also explore the barriers and pitfalls that middle class women faced in life through Maria's journey." This lecture will be held on…

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May 2021

Lunar Lecture – From Mr Pickwick to Mesmerism: Charles Dickens in the Medical World by Dr Nicholas Cambridge

May 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

Charles Dickens’s broad interest in medicine is evident in his novels and journals. What is less well known is Dickens’s florid medical history. Having carefully read over 14,000 of Dickens’s letters Dr Cambridge has identified 20 separate medical conditions that Dickens suffered from and he believes that Charles Dickens was in denial with some of them. Dr Cambridge will describe these medical conditions in detail and the doctors Charles Dickens was associated with. This lecture will be held on zoom…

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