Studies in Art

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The Industrial Revolution, which transformed the world in the nineteenth century, had its origins in the scientific discoveries, technical advances and innovative commercial enterprises that developed in eighteenth-century Britain.

This course will look at this innovative period in British history – the influential Lunar Society of Birmingham, the great pioneering manufacturers and engineers, developments in transport and time keeping – and the way in which industry and the new technologies affected the arts and culture of the time.


Tuesday 27 January 2009

10.30am
Industry and Enlightenment in Provincial England, c 1760-1820
Peter M. Jones, Professor of French History, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham

12.00noon
Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Science and Industry
Allan Reynolds, University of Birmingham

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills
Dr. Christopher Charlton, former Director of the Arkwright Society


Tuesday 3 February 2009

10.30am
The Pottery Industry: An Architectural and Technological Enigma
Dr. Malcolm Nixon

12.00noon
Erasmus Darwin: The Lunar Society and its Impact on his Literary Work
Stuart Harris, Formerly Tutor in English literature, University of Sheffield

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Josiah Wedgwood: The Arts and Sciences United
Gaye Blake-Roberts, Director, The Wedgwood Museum Trust


Tuesday 10 February 2009

10.30am
Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the World Desires
Chris Rice, Head of Heritage Services, Birmingham Museums and Art gallery

12.00noon
Searching for Trevithick’s London Railway of 1808
John Liffen, Curator of Communications, The Science Museum

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Steel Rails, Copper Wires and Electric Seconds
David Rooney, Curator of Time Keeping, Royal Observatory, Greenwich


Tuesday 17 February 2009

10.30am
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Greatest Engineer?
Dr Steven Brindle, Senior Properties Historian, Properties Presentation Department, English Heritage

12.00noon
Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Transformation of London’s Main Drainage
Ben Nithsdale

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Visit to the British Museum’s Watch Collection with David Thompson, Curator of Horology, British Museum