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Lunatick Astronomy

Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

The Lunar Society was one of the most influential groups in the 18th century, no aspect of science and industry was overlooked at their monthly dinner parties. Although the development of the steam engine and coinage production became the main focus for Matthew Boulton, he had developed a passion for astronomy employing his own telescope maker. Andrew Lound tells the story of the Lunar Society’s interests in astronomy based on personal research that has revealed some surprising facts including the influence of Boulton, James Watt, James Keir, Joseph Priestley, Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin on scientific instrument makers and astronomers. A dramatic presentation beautifully illustrated and accompanied by music. props and presented with 18th century flair in exact setting of the Lunar Society. A book detailing the full research is available from the speaker on the night at £10

Note: This event is not sponsored by The Planetary Society. The Society has no control over, or responsibility for, the content or operation of events sponsored by other organizations. All inquires should be directed to Andrew Lound.


Lunatick Astronomy
November 17, 2016, 1830 GMT
Soho House Museum
Soho Avenue
Birmingham, West Midlands B18 5 LB

United Kingdom
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Please direct all inquiries about this event to Andrew Lound at For phone inquiries, call 0121 348 8263.

Odyssey Dramatic Presentation by Andrew Lound telling the story of the astronomical activities of Matthew Boulton and members of the Lunar Society. Presented in full 18th century costume, with images, music and props presented in the exact location of the Lunar meetings.
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