Science, Nature and Environment

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A Biography of Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution Text: Olga Baird Joseph Wright… read more »

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A First View of Practical Chymistry (Chemistry), The Universal Magazine, vol. 1, December 1747

The copper-plate print and text form the first part of a “complete Course of Chemistry in several… read more »

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A Letter from a Mechanick in the busy Town of Birmingham, to Mr. Stayner, a Carver, Statuary, and Architect, in the sleepy Corporation of Warwick

Image: South-West Prospect of Birmingham, 1829, attributed to Frederick Calvert. Watercolour on Paper. Image from: Birmingham Museums & Art… read more »

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A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery (1764-1766)

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

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A Philosopher lecturing on the Orrery (1766)

Wright’s painting is a celebration of scientific knowledge and the interpreter of this knowledge, the philosopher. The… read more »

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A Philosopher, Conduit Street

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

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A Portrait of Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus Darwin: Doctor, Inventor, Poet and Educationalist Erasmus Darwin was born at Elston, near Nottingham, in 1731… read more »

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A Portrait of Jedediah Strutt

Jedediah Strutt: Industrialist and Philanthopist Text: Olga Baird Jedediah Strutt (1726-1797) was one of leading pioneer industrialists of… read more »

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A Portrait of John Whitehurst

John Whitehurst: Clockmaker, Engineer and Geologist John Whitehurst was born in Congleton, Cheshire in 1713, the son… read more »

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A Portrait of Rev. Joseph Priestley

Joseph Priestley: Scientist, Philosopher and Reformer Born into a Yorkshire wool manufacturing family in 1733, Priestley was… read more »

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A Prize Bull

First half of the 19th century, Edmund Bristow (1787-1876, b. Eton – d. Eton). Wolverhampton Art Gallery.… read more »

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A Rainy Day

Watercolour undated, David Cox (1783-1859, b. Deritend, Birmingham – d. Harborne, near Birmingham). Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Gift… read more »

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A Sorry End: The Priestley Riots of 1791

Image: Ticket for the French Revolution Dinner, Birmingham 14 July 1791. The Dinner began the chain of events… read more »

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A View of Shrewsbury from the South-West

Watton’s Newspaper Cuttings, Volume 5 Image from: Shropshire Archives

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A Window on the World: Richard Greene’s Museum of Curiosities in Lichfield

Image: “An East View of the Cathedral Church of St Chad’s & Close of Lichfield; Taken from Stow-pool… read more »

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Advertisement: Mrs Graham’s Ascent: the first ascent of the Only English Female Aeronaut

Watton’s Newspaper Cuttings, Volume 2 Image from: Shropshire Archives

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Advertisement: Opening of Hughes’ s Great Mammoth Equestrian Establishment, Shrewsbury

Watton’s Newspaper Cuttings, Volume 5 Image from: Shropshire Archives

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An “ever-open door”: Erasmus Darwin and Lichfield

Samuel Johnson described Lichfield as a “city of philosophers” where Erasmus Darwinwas the most prominent of an outstanding group of… read more »

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Anna Seward and Erasmus Darwin

Image: Engraving of Erasmus Darwin M.D. Birmingham Central Library 3. Anna Seward and Erasmus Darwin 1756 saw the… read more »

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Anna Seward and her Poetry

Image: Frontispiece from Llangollen Vale with other Poems by Anna Seward, London, Third Edition, 1796 Birmingham Central Library 5. Anna… read more »

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Apparatus

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

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Apparatus

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

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Article from The Salopian Journal, 10 October 1838, on Mrs Graham’s ascent in a balloon

Watton’s Newspaper Cuttings, Volume 2 Image from: Shropshire Archives

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Bark Peeling

Image: Man slitting bark in the Wyre Forest (1980s) [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 4. Bark Peeling (1) Men… read more »

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Bark Peeling

After slitting the bark on the tree trunk, the peeler uses the large iron to remove the… read more »

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Bark Peeling Tools

Image: Barking irons, Wyre Forest [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 3. Bark Peeling Tools Bark peeling was a task… read more »

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Benthall Edge

Image from: Bayliss, Rev J C, Views in Shropshire (c. 1839). Shropshire Archives. THIS subject has been named in several… read more »

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Bewdley Snuff Mill

Image: Close-up of the abandoned snuff mill, Golden Valley, near Tickenhill, Bewdley (early 20th century). [Image from: Bewdley… read more »

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Birmingham and the Country Around, 1798

Image: ‘A MAP OF UPWARDS OF 25 MILES ROUND THE TOWN OF BIRMINGHAM. To his most sacred MAJESTY… read more »

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Birmingham in 1751

Image: This is a street plan from 1751, surveyed by Samuel Bradford and engraved by Thomas Jefferys. Samuel… read more »

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Birmingham in 1810

TO THE COMMISSONERS OF THE STREET ACTS, THIS MAP OF THE TOWN AND PARISH OF Birmingham, Showing… read more »

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Bishop’s Castle

Image from: Bayliss, Rev J C, Views in Shropshire (c. 1839). Shropshire Archives. BISHOP’S CASTLE is a town in the… read more »

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Bridgnorth

Image from: Bayliss, Rev J C, Views in Shropshire (c. 1839). Shropshire Archives. BRIDGNORTH is a town most pleasantly situated… read more »

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Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Image from: Picturesque Views and Descriptions of Cities, Towns, Castles, Mansions and other Objects of Interesting Features in… read more »

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British Antiquities in Greene’s Museum

Image: “A Draught of the Curious Clock in the possession of Mr Ricd Green of Lichfield”, one of… read more »

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Buildwas

The village of Buildwas grew up by a medieval bridge which was the only route over the… read more »

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Buildwas Abbey

Image from: Bayliss, Rev J C, Views in Shropshire (c. 1839). Shropshire Archives. Buildwas Abbey lies on the south bank… read more »

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Canal Maps

Image: ‘PLAN of the intended NAVIGABLE CANAL from the TOWN of BIRMINGHAM into the RIVER SEVERN near the… read more »

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Captain Thomas Chance: Merchant

Image: View of Bristol, 1827, Patrick Nasmyth (1787-1831) Image from: Wolverhampton Art Gallery Thomas Chance, the third son of… read more »

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Cartouches

Image: Cartouche from 1772 map of Worcestershire. Fruit is important to the agriculture of Worcestershire, and fruit of… read more »

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Case of Culpepper Compound Microscope: drawer with slides

The box contains two sets of slides. The long, flat rectangular boxwood slides were probably produced between… read more »

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Chadburn Brothers, Optical, Mathematical and Philosophical Instrument Makers, Sheffield

Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858

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Chadburn Brothers, Opticians, Sheffield

Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858

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Charcoal and its Uses

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. The photograph shows a completed clamp ready for firing in the… read more »

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Charcoal Burning

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. The charcoal burner is building a clamp during the early stages… read more »

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Charcoal Burning

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. A man is raking out a clamp with a “rauble” or… read more »

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Charcoal Burning

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. Two men are filing sacks with charcoal from an oak spade… read more »

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Charcoal Burning Tools

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 7. Charcoal Burning Tools (1)  A man… read more »

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Charcoal burning: Retorts

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. Three men are cutting up timber to fill retorts. A horse… read more »

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Charcoal Burning: Retorts

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. One man is filling a retort and taking wood from two… read more »

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