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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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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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June 2021

Lunar Lecture: Life after Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London career Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge

June 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
£6.00

For the last thirty years of his life, Isaac Newton lived in London and ran the Royal Mint as well as the Royal Society. Formerly a reclusive scholar at Cambridge, now he moved in aristocratic circles, exerted political influence and became very rich. Through exploring a painting by William Hogarth that is packed with Newtonian references, Patricia Fara describes aspects of Newton’s life and fame that usually receive little attention. Taking the picture as her cue, Patricia reintegrates him into…

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July 2021

Lunar Lecture – The Birmingham Toy Trade: Eighteenth-Century Adornments

July 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

The lecture explores the manufacture of toys in eighteenth-century Birmingham and their uses by those who bought them, 'toys' being decorative adornments such as buttons, buckles, and snuffboxes rather than those for children during this period. It looks at the beginnings of the trade in the late 1600s and early 1700s, the appeal of new kinds of making to purchasers of toys, and highlights the relationship between Josiah Wedgwood and the Birmingham toymakers in making a new range of toys in…

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