Lichfield, City of Philosophers
In the mid eighteenth century Lichfield became a ‘city of philosophers’.
With contributions from Dr Malcolm Dick and Desmond King-Hele, this film explores Lichfield’s rise as a cultural and intellectual centre.
KEYWORDS: Lichfield, Erasmus Darwin, Lunar Society, Lunar Men, Enlightenment, Staffordshire, Samuel Johnson, Anna Seward, Museum
The Lunar Men
Led by Erasmus Darwin, the Lunar Society of Birmingham was formed from a group of amateur experimenters, tradesmen and artisans who met and made friends in the Midlands in the 1760s. Most came from humble families, all lived far from the centre of things, but they were young and their...
Dr Malcome Dick, Desmond King-Hele
Erasmus Darwin House