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21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom

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May 2018

Lunar Lecture: Joseph Priestley by Malcolm Dick

1st May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Join Malcolm Dick from the University of Birmingham for this compelling lecture regarding Joseph Priestley and the Slave Trade. At College Hall Cathedral Close. £5.00 per person, booking essential, 01543 306260 Fully booked 

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Lunar Lecture: From Doctor Johnson to Twerking by Tom Devlin

29th May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£5.00

From Johnson to Twerking:Stability and Shift in the English Language.Join us for this interesting lecture conducted by Tom Devlin from the University of Derby.Venue College Hall,Cathedral Close. £5.00 per person, booking essential. 01543 306260.    

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June 2018

Lunar Lecture: Classification of Plants by Isabelle Charmentier

28th June 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Join us for this presentation by Isabelle Charmantier of the Linnean Society on the classification of Plants .Coincides with our Garden Weekend of Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018.at College Hall, Cathedral Close. £5.00 per person, booking essential. 01543 306260.  

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July 2018

Lunar Lectures: William Hunter by Simon Chaplin

27th July 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Jon us for this interesting lecture conducted by Simon Chaplin of the Wellcome Trust on William and John Hunter as Collectors.At College Hall,Cathedral Close. £5.00 per person, booking essential. 01543 306260

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November 2018

Lunar Lecture: Victor Frankenstein the Chemist by Sharon Rushton

23rd November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Join us for this unmissable lecture delivered by Professor Sharon Rushton. To be held at the College Hall,Cathedral Close. £5.00 per person, booking essential. 01543 306260

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January 2019

The Architect’s Wife: Mary Pickford (1737-1812)

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

Dr Peter Collinge (Keele University) will explore Mary Pickford’s pioneering role in the textile industry, and how her political and philanthropic activities contributed to Derby’s urban development in the late-eighteenth century.

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February 2019

Staffordshire and West Midlands Accents and Dialects

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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£6.00

By Dr Tom Devlin, Huddersfield University.

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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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