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January 2021

Lunar Lecture – Food and the Georgian Pauper: Evidence from Sandford Street Workhouse Garden, c. 1770-1834

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

Oliver Twist asking for more gruel has cast a long shadow over the diets of workhouse inmates. New research on poverty and the poor law in Staffordshire and on St Mary's workhouse which stood in Sandford Street, Lichfield, shows that under the old poor law food and drink provision was more varied and generous than published workhouse dietaries suggest. This lecture will be held on zoom Dr Peter Collinge AHRC Researcher, Small Bills and Petty Finance: Co-creating the history of…

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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

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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