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The Lunar Society

The Birmingham Lunar Society was an informal group of friends including some of the most prominent figures of The West Midlands Enlightenment such as Matthew Boulton, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood, Joseph Priestley and James Watt. The society met during the full moon as its light made the journey home easier and safe. Many of its discussions which often included experiments took place at Matthew Boulton’s home Soho House.

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Comprehensive information about the Lunar Society and its individual members as well as the Midlands Enlightenment is freely available at our sister website Revolutionary Players.

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William Withering - Physician, botanist and mineralogist
William Withering - Physician, botanist and mineralogist

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'Iron-Mad' Wilkinson
'Iron-Mad' Wilkinson

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Was There a Shropshire Enlightenment?
Was There a Shropshire Enlightenment?

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The Derby Philosophical Society
The Derby Philosophical Society

A FORCE BEHIND LOCAL AND NATIONAL ENLIGHTENMENT

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William Hazeldine (1763-1840)
William Hazledine: A Pioneering Shropshire Ironmaster

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A Philosophical Romance
A Philosophical Romance

WOMEN, EDUCATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT

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James Keir (1735-1820) - A Renaissance Man of the Industrial Revolution
James Keir (1735-1820) - A Renaissance Man of the Industrial Revolution

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James Watt
James Watt
Making the World Anew

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Matthew Boulton:
Matthew Boulton:
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The Lunar Men
The Lunar Men
The Friends Who Made the Future 1730-1810

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