Exploring the Lunar Society
Erasmus Darwin House celebrates the continuing story of the Lunar Society with another packed programme of events and lectures.
Keeping in the spirit of the original Lunar Society who met under the guise of a full moon, in order to illuminate their way along rutted roads and tracks, Erasmus Darwin House is hosting monthly talks and events on the dates of the full moon.
Following the celebrations commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Lunar Society, Erasmus Darwin House returns with another programme of full moon lectures and events exploring the society’s lasting legacies.
Along with lectures on the Lunar Society, their highlights this year include a full moon cheese and wine evening at the invitation of the Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield in May. The Museum will also welcome back internationally-published author Wendy Moore to discuss her new book The Mesmerist. Her newly anticipated book traces the unusual story of John Elliotson, the society doctor who held Victorian London spellbound with hypnotism.
The Museum’s Herb garden will be showcased in June during our 18th Century gardens weekend with a talk from University of Birmingham researcher Elaine Mitchell, followed by guided tours, exploratory trails and children’s activities. An seminar day in October will see short talks by academics and museum professionals on Collections, Collectors and Collaborations in the 18th Century followed by an optional evening meal and talk on Lunar Man and medical doctor William Withering at his former home at Edgbaston Hall.
For a list of events and ticket prices: www.erasmusdarwin.org or download a brochure here.
Booking essential. Refreshments available.