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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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Entrance of Shrewsbury Gaol

Photograph by: Nabi Heydari (April 2003)

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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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PlayErasmus 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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PlayErasmus 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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Floyer and Erasmus Darwin

Image: Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Portrait of Erasmus Darwin (1792). Oil on Canvas. Image from: Wolverhampton Art Gallery Erasmus Darwin, who started… read more »

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Frontispiece: View of Birmingham from Bordesley Fields, near the Coventry Road

Image from: William Hawkes Smith, Birmingham and its Vicinity as a Manufacturing and Commercial District (London and… read more »

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Gandhi and young girl

Image from: Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.

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Gunpowder Joe: Priestley’s Religious Radicalism

Image: Cartoon: The Friends of the People, showing Joseph Priestley on the left Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley… read more »

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Hart’s Patent Economizing Gas Burner, London

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

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PlayIndustry and Genius: John Baskerville & the beauty of letters

Industry and Genius: John Baskerville & the beauty of letters

Explore the life and work of John Baskerville – a Birmingham based printer, stone cutter, letter founder,… read more »

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Introduction

Image: Portrait of Joseph Priestley. Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins Joseph Priestley’s importance as… read more »

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Introduction

Image: Print of Joseph Priestley Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins Two hundred years ago,… read more »

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Introduction: Interpretations

The “Priestley” Riots of July 1791 are one of the best-documented episodes in Birmingham history. The initial… read more »

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John Baskerville and Benjamin Franklin: A Trans-Atlantic Friendship

Image: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). The Hundred Greatest Men: Portraits of the One Hundred Greatest Men, Vol VII Politics, (Sampson… read more »

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Joseph Priestley: Trail-blazing Experimenter

Image: Print of Joseph Priestley, 1782, showing examples of scientific equipment beneath the portrait. Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection… read more »

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Lady Catherine Wright

Image: Portrait of Dr William Withering from an engraving Image from: Local Studies and History, Birmingham Central… read more »

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Laings and Company, Household Goods, Birmingham

Advertisement, Men and Things of Modern England… The New Illustrated Directory… (Birmingham, M Billing, 1856)

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Leamington Spa Post-Office and Temperance Commercial Hotel

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

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Letter from Charles Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1777/01/13

Charles Darwin was Dr. Darwin’s son and studied medicine at Edinburgh University. Dr. Joseph Black was a… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Ann Watt, 1794/03/12

Ann Watt was James Watt’s second wife and mother to Jessy. Dr. Darwin treated Jessy during her… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1767/08/18

Darwin writes to Watt about his ideas for improving carriages and commenting on Watt’s developing theories for… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1775/03/29

Boulton and Watt were now in partnership and Boulton was attempting to have a Private Bill passed… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1788/11/18

Darwin writes to Watt concerning Watt’s health, with advice on treatments and remedies and various theories of… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1789/11/20

Darwin writes to Watt to request some details of the Boulton and Watt steam engine for his… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1790/01/19

Darwin thanks Watt for information about steam engines for The Economy of Vegetationand attempts to rouse Watt from… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1793/12/13

Darwin writes to Watt concerning the care of Jessy Watt, encouraging her to exercise and play sports.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/01/01

Darwin’s recommendations for the treatment of Watt’s daughter, Jessy, who was suffering from tuberculosis. —————————————- Dear Sir,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/04/25

Darwin writes to Watt with more suggestions for the treatment of his daughter, Jessy, including advice on… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/05/25

Darwin writes to Watt outlining a range of treatments for Watt’s daughter, Jessy. This letter includes details… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/05/29

Darwin’s advice to Watt for the continued treatment of Jessy. —————————————- Derby May 29-94 Dear Sir All… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/06/06

Increasingly unable to help Jessy Watt as she continues to suffer from tuberculosis, Darwin writes to Watt… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/06/11

Darwin writes to Watt after the death of his daughter, Jessy who died in early June, 1794.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/07/03

Darwin writes to Watt to encourage him in his scientific experiments, especially Watt’s experiments with “inflammable air”.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/08/17

Darwin writes to Watt to thank him for sending the scientific apparatus, previously requested for obtaining gases.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/09/01

Darwin writes to Watt concerning their experiments into the use of gases in medicine. Darwin also mention… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/11/17

Darwin writes to Watt concerning their efforts to raise money for Dr. Beddoes’ Pneumatic Institute. Darwin also… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/11/30

Darwin’s second letter to Watt concerning raising funds for Dr. Beddoes’ pneumatic institute. Nov. 30-94 Derby Dear… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1795/04/02

Darwin writes to Watt about his continuing experiments with the use of gases in medicine. Darwin mentions… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1795/04/28

Darwin writes to Watt of his experiments with gases and now seems to be treating patients with… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1795/07/09

Darwin writes to Watt about one of the various law suits over the patents of Watt’s steam… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1795/12/28

Darwin writes to Watt on behalf of a patient requesting apparatus for making oxygen gas. —————————————- Derby… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1796/01/18

Darwin’s recommendation of Dr. Salt as physician to the Birmingham Dispensary. —————————————- Derby Jan 18-96 Dear Sir,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1796/06/01

Darwin writes to Watt about the treatment of abscess and comments on the use of a centrifugal… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1800/01/21

On the evening of 29 December 1799, Darwin’s son, Erasmus, who was in debt, committed suicide by… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1800/11/20

Darwin writes to Watt asking him to purchase a corn-mill on his behalf. —————————————- Derby Nov 20… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1762

Darwin writes to Boulton about the experiments of Dr. Petit and Dr. Franklin —————————————- Dear Boulton Dr… read more »

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