In the late 18th century a group of learned individuals, including the greatest engineers, scientists and thinkers of the day, would meet in Birmingham during the full moon to discuss everything from social issues to the latest scientific advances.
The Lunar Society of Birmingham's members included Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley and their friend Josiah Wedgwood, and their legacy of experimentation in the late 18th and early 19th centuries helped give us the modern industrial world we know today.
Join us as we hear from Dr Sally Hoban, executive committee member for today’s Lunar Society, for an insight into the original Lunar Society and the modern day activities that the Society tackles, exclusively for the Birmingham's Hidden Spaces project.
Dr Sally Hoban is an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Birmingham and Chief Executive of History West Midlands. She also lectures extensively across the UK. Sally studied at the University of Birmingham, firstly in the History of Art department graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1996 and secondly in the School of History, where she gained a PhD in 2014.
She is passionate about public engagement with history and science and has broadcast on BBC Two, BBC Four, and on national and local radio. She has written for national and international publications including arts reviews for The Lancet medical journal, and was the antiques correspondent for The Birmingham Post newspaper between 2005 and 2009.
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