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Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom

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March 2019

Evolution and the Epic Imagination: from Erasmus Darwin to the ‘Hobbit’.

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

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Erasmus Darwin reached for ancient myths and the poetry of Ovid’s Metamorphoses to help him imagine what evolution might be like in action. In this talk, John Holmes will explore how our understanding of evolution has been shaped by epic literature and myth and still is, from Darwin’s poem The Temple of Nature to his grandson’s Tree of Life and on to modern science, where the Earth has become Gaia and our ancestors shared the world with…

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June 2019

Beyond Brontosaurus: Dinosaurs, Science and Fiction by Dr Will Tattersdill, Birmingham University

June 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£6.00

Brontosaurus was discovered in the 1860's and declared invalid in 1903, but managed a comprehensive domination of twentieth-century, despite never having had existed.  In 2015 it was (tentatively) restored to the annals of science.  In this talk Will Tattersdill explores the animal's strange afterlife in science and popular culture. Dr Will Tattersdill, Birmingham University Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature Birmingham University

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July 2019

James Watt Junior and Aston Hall by Chris Rice

July 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£6.00

Lecture by Chris Rice

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August 2019

The Six James Watts by Eleanor Beestin, Leicester University

August 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£6.00

200 years after the death of James Watt, he is remembered mainly as a famous engineer and Lunar Society member. However, this talk will not only discuss his achievements in the field of science, but consider the complex personality behind the engine, looking at Watt not just as an engineer but as a friend, an inventor, a father, a husband, and a scatter-brained, anxious genius.  

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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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