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Baskerville and Printing

Baskerville’s Type Foundry at the end of Caxton Passage, High Street, the back of Marsh’s Jewellers, July… read more »

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Baskerville and the Sale of Type from his Type Foundry

Image: Baskerville’s Type Foundry at the end of Caxton Passage, High Street, the back of Marsh’s Jewellers,… read more »

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Baskerville Type

Image: Slate tablet advertising Baskerville’s works showing his skill as a designer of letters: “Grave Stone Cut… read more »

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Belisarius receiving Alms (1775)

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Pen, ink and brown wash over pencil. Image from: Derby Museum & Art… read more »

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Benjamin Franklin, Printer

Image: Letter Press Printer.  The Book of Trades or Library of Useful Arts, Parts III, third edition… read more »

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Bigrapher. P.53.

Photograph: David Remes (2003) Sketches of a mechanical copying machine, or ‘bigrapher’, from 1777. The writing is done… read more »

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Bill for the supply of liquor from Charles Bage to Lord Clive 1792

Image: Bill for the supply of liquor from Charles Bage to Lord Clive 1792. Image from: Shropshire Archives Charles… read more »

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Biography of Dud Dudley

Image: Front page of Dud Dudley’s Metallum Martis (Reprint of 1665 edition) Text: Malcolm Dick Image from: Local Studies and History, Birmingham… read more »

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Biological Evolution

Image: Image of Erasmus Darwin’s bookplate. Darwin added a Latin motto to the family arms of three… read more »

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Birmingham: Priestley’s Educational Inheritance

Image: The Old and New Meeting Houses, the Unitarian chapels in Birmingham. Image from: William Hutton, An History of Birmingham (Birmingham,… read more »

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Birmingham: “The Toyshop of Europe”

Image: Matthew Boulton by C F Von Breda, 1792. Oil on Canvas. Boulton was the most famous of Birmingham’s… read more »

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Both Sides of the Moon: Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley and the West Midlands’ Enlightenment

A Philosopher lecturing on the Orrery (1766), Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Oil on Canvas, Derby Museum & Art Gallery. Image: Wright’s… read more »

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Bridge through a Cavern, Moonlight (1791)

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Oil on Canvas. Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery Wright… read more »

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Canal lift. P.58-9.

Photograph: David Remes (2003) In 1760s, Darwin was deeply involved in a major enterprise – the building of… read more »

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Catherine the Great and her non-visit to Soho House

Image: Death of Catherine the Great. Double-headed eagle and bust of the monarch. 1796. Designed by Conrad Heinrich… read more »

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Catherine the Great’s Medals

Image: Death of Catherine the Great. Double-headed eagle and bust of the monarch. 1796. Designed by Conrad Heinrich… read more »

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Charles Bage and Iron Construction

Image: The ground floor of Charles Bage’s Ditherington Mill showing the iron columns used in construction. The picture… read more »

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Charles Bage, the Flax Industry and Shrewsbury’s Iron-Framed Mills

Image: View of Ditherington Mill in April 2003, the world’s first completely iron-framed building. The factory was built… read more »

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Charles Bage: Business and Local Affairs

Image: St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, built in 1792. The building was designed by the architect George Steuart,… read more »

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Chemical Philosophers of the Present Day: Dr Priestley

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Image: Engraving of William Shenstone receiving a crown of laurels from Apollo, the Greek and Roman God… read more »

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Conclusion

Image:  The New Meeting House, Moor Street and New Meeting Street, Birmingham, where Joseph Priestley preached. The… read more »

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Conclusion: Classical Order versus Romantic Nature

Virgil’s Tomb (1782), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Oil on Canvas. Derby Museum & Art Gallery. Wright painted several… read more »

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Cottage in Needwood Forest

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Cup and Cover, Boulton & Fothergill, 1777

Image from: Birmingham Assay Office. A two handled cup and cover of neo-classical shape made for Cornelius… read more »

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Curiosities in Greene’s Museum

Image: “Miss Seward”. John Jackson, History of the City and Cathedral of Lichfield(London, 1805). Anna Seward, the Lichfield poet… read more »

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Darwin and Education

Image: A textbook belonging to Mary Parker with her signature and date, 1797 (Title page of G… read more »

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Darwin, Priestley and Romantic Materialism

Image: Bridge through a Cavern, Moonlight (1791).  Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Oil on Canvas. Derby Museum & Art Gallery.… read more »

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Darwin’s Daughters

Image: View in the Grounds of Ashbourne Hall, Derbyshire (Frontispiece of Erasmus Darwin, A Plan for the… read more »

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Darwin’s Home

Image: The front of Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, showing the neo-classical façade which Darwin created on… read more »

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Darwin’s Legacy

Image: Bust of Erasmus Darwin. Image from: Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield. Photograph: David Remes (2003) A new… read more »

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Darwin’s Medical Practice

Image: Page from Erasmus Darwin’s Prescription Book, showing a prescription for Brooke Boothby. Image from: Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield.… read more »

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Darwin’s Sons

Image: Silhouette of Erasmus Darwin (right), playing chess with his son Erasmus (left). Image from: Erasmus Darwin… read more »

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Detail of Landscape with a Rainbow

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Diving bell with washed air, pneumatic. P.61.

Photograph: David Remes (2003) Many of Joseph Priestley’s experiments with air of the mid 1770s were discussed at… read more »

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Droz Segmental Collar

At his Soho Mint, Matthew Boulton pioneered the striking of coins within collars, thus ensuring a uniformity… read more »

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Early Influences

Image: Silhouette of Erasmus Darwin (right), playing chess with his son Erasmus (left). Erasmus Darwin contributed to… read more »

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Educating Amelia

Image: Portrait of James Keir and his granddaughter. Image from: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Day’s problems… read more »

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Electrical doubler. P.79.

Photograph: David Remes (2003) Some of Darwin’s inventions were inspired by his medical practice. He experimented with various… read more »

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Electricity in Warrington

Image: Electricity. Electric Machines Plate VII from Abraham Rees, The Cyclopaedia or Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences,… read more »

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Elizabeth Pole

Image: Silhouette of Elizabeth Pole with a dog. Image from: Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield (By kind permission… read more »

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Enlightenment and Dissent: A Poem

By Roi Ankhkara Kwabena, Poet, Writer and Cultural Activist Roi was born in the Caribbean island of… read more »

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Epistle to Nathaniel Lister Esq. of Lichfield by Anna Seward

“[From “”Poetical Works of Anna Seward, Vol 2″”] [333] EPISTLE TO NATHANIEL LISTER, ESQ. OF LICHFIELD ON… read more »

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Erasmus Darwin’s Commonplace Book

Image: Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Portrait of Erasmus Darwin (1792). Oil on Canvas. Wolverhampton Art Gallery Text: Olga Baird Summary Darwin’s Commonplace Book… read more »

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Erasmus Darwin’s Signature

Taken from a letter to James Watt.

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Erasmus Darwin, At the Heart of the Lichfield Enlightenment

Erasmus Darwin, At the Heart of the Lichfield Enlightenment

Dr Erasmus Darwin was at the heart of Lichfield’s rise as a centre of Enlightenment thought. Dr… read more »

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Erasmus Darwin, the Scientist

Erasmus Darwin, the Scientist

Dr Erasmus Darwin’s Commonplace Book details his many and varied interests. This film looks at some of… read more »

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