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March 2020

2020 Lunar Lectures – The Two Darwins

12th March 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
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£6.00

By Professor David Amigoni, Keele University.

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September 2020

2020 Lunar Lectures – 17th and 18th Century Silversmiths – ‘Early Birmingham Silversmiths- It wasn’t all Brummagem!’

2nd September 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
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£6.00

by Craig O'Donnell, Birmingham Assay Office. This event will now be held on Zoom and tickets are available to purchase online here To purchase tickets on the day of the event please call the office on 01543 306260 The zoom link will be forwarded to you shortly before the lecture, by email.

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October 2020

“Portraits” – Online Art Exhibition

7th October 2020 - 7th November 2020
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
FREE

Erasmus Darwin House are 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. Lichfield and the surrounding area provide a wealth of inspiration for artists. The society welcomes members of all abilities who work in a variety of media and this exhibition. If you would like more information about the society please make contact with the society at…

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Lunar Lecture – Lunar Regolith(soil)- Challenges for Agriculture and Human Health

22nd October 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
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£6.00

Join us for the next in our popular series of Lunar Lectures. This month we have moved to a 21st century topic with a lecture on the implications for agriculture and human health of soil on the moon. Lunar Regolith - Challenges for Agriculture and Human Health will be delivered by Martin Braddock, FRSB, FRAS, Sherwood Observatory, Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society. This will be held on Zoom Tickets available here

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November 2020

Lunar Lecture – The making of the West Midlands ‘Sacred Landscape’.

11th November 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
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£6.00

In an addition to our programme of lunar lectures this month we have The making of the West Midlands Sacred Landscape by Dr John Hunt, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham.   This lecture will be delivered on zoom Tickets available here  

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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

“Winter” online art exhibition

February 6 - April 4
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD

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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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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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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August 2021

Lunar Lecture – Erasmus Darwin’s Gardens by Professor Paul Elliott

August 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

Erasmus Darwin’s Gardens by Professor Paul Elliott, Derby University  The role of the botanic garden near Lichfield in Erasmus Darwin’s career is well known, especially the inspiration it provided for his poetry, but he also kept gardens and what he called an orchard or farm when living in Derby. This talk examines the relationships between Darwin’s gardens at Lichfield and Derby and his work in medicine, botany and natural history, represented especially by the Botanic Garden (1791), Zoonomia (1794/6) and…

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October 2021

Seminar Series in conjunction with the Sir Joseph Banks Society

October 11 - October 14
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
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Our Seminar Day in 2020 was unfortunately  postponed due to the Covid restrictions.  This year we have decided to hold a series of 4 lectures on consecutive evening on zoom, rather than an all  day event in the museum.  We are pleased to be able to work in conjunction with the Sir Joseph Banks Society to deliver this interesting series. Delegates will have the option of purchasing individual tickets for the lectures at £6 per person, or all 4 lectures…

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Seminar Series – The China World of Joseph Banks: James Lind, Whang at Tong, and the Macartney Embassy, 1775–1800 by Jordan Goodman

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

When it came to China’s plants, no one was better informed about them than Joseph Banks. Not only did he have copies of all the major western texts on the subject, but he also owned a number of crucial Chinese botanical texts and a collection of coloured Chinese botanical drawings. As if that wasn’t enough, Banks hosted a rare Chinese visitor to London; and Banks relied on his personal friend, a Scottish physician, who could, uncommonly for a westerner, read…

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Seminar Series – Sir Joseph Banks and His Medical World by Dr Patrick Kaye

October 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

Since the 1980s Patrick Kaye has been researching the life of Sir Joseph Banks.  Whilst on his trail, Patrick has been to many places known to him and met some very interesting, not to say eccentric, people – amongst them being Harold Carter who was a great supporter of Patrick's interest.  In 1997 Patrick sailed on the replica HMB ‘Endeavour’ as a supernumerary in Sir Joseph’s cabin.   A founder member of the Sir Joseph Banks Society and trustee of…

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Seminar Series – Remembering Sir Joseph in the 21st Century by Lord Waldegrave

October 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

Remembering Sir Joseph in the 21st Century by Lord Waldegrave, Patron of the Sir Joseph Banks Society.   Tickets available here

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Seminar Series – Agrarian to Industrialist by Paul Scott

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, Beacon Street
Lichfield, WS12 7LD
£6.00

Agrarian to Industrialist – Joseph Banks and the ‘promotion and improvement of manufactures of this country’ Taken from a quote by John Wallace 1787,  by Paul Scott, Trustee, Sir Joseph Banks Society. In this lecture Paul Scott provide a review of the evidence linking Sir Joseph Banks 1743-1820 to the rise of manufacturing and industry in Britain and beyond in the late 18th and early 19th Century.  It is well known how Joseph Banks became famous due to his voyage…

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