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January 2019

[Exact time and date TBC] Air Pollution, Sources, Properties and Public Health Implications – with Professor Roy Harrison

January 1 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Roy Harrison is Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham, UK, and also Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. His research interests are in air pollution, especially airborne particulate matter.  He has also been heavily engaged at the science/policy interface as a member of several government technical advisory groups for the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the U.K. including until recently…

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March 2019

A new era of Hospice Care in our City

March 5 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Mary’s Hospice, 176 Raddlebarn Road
Birmingham, B29 7DA United Kingdom
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Lunar Society members and guests are invited to attend an early evening discussion on End of Life Care at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.   The Future of Hospice Care: a New Era for our City As we are living longer and with a range illnesses, the demand for hospice, health and social care is rising, with many people also living in growing isolation and poverty.  Join in the Lunar Society’s discussion and debate on how we can create a new…

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Honourable Ladies in Politics

March 8 at 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Aston University, Main Building, Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ER
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The New Year marks the centenary of the first woman to take a seat in Parliament. On this year’s International Women’s Day, the Lunar Society’s Chair, Jacqui Smith, the UK’s first female Home Secretary, will look at some of the Honourable Ladies who have followed in Nancy Astor’s footsteps. An entertaining and illuminating talk followed by Q and A over a delicious breakfast; an inspiring start to the day. Kindly sponsored by Aston University

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The importance of place and how does Birmingham measure up?

March 27 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Highbury, 4 Yew Tree Road
Birmingham, B13 8QG United Kingdom
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Highbury Birmingham An entertaining and stimulating Question Time-style evening will address some of the key themes and challenges for Birmingham today and focus on how the city can succeed in the 21st Century.   Join us in the historical setting of Highbury, built as a family home in 1878 by one of Birmingham’s most famous parliamentarians, Rt. Hon. Joseph Chamberlain.         Sir Michael Lyons, vice chair of the Lunar Society will introduce the evening and act as…

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May 2019

Tour of James Watt’s Workshop and the Energy Hall

May 9 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Kensington
London, SW7 2DD
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£10

Reproduced with permission of the Library of Birmingham     Ben Russell, curator of Mechanical Engineering at the Science Museum in London and the author of James Watt: Making the World Anew, has offered to conduct a private tour of James Watt’s workshop and the Energy Hall for Lunar Society members and their guests. Ben is an engaging speaker and Watt expert so for anyone interested, this is a not-to-be-missed event.       Please note that these tickets are…

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James Watt 2019 Conservation Tour

May 20 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square
Birmingham, B3 3DH
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£15

Come behind the scenes at Birmingham Museums Trust on a Lunar Society conservation studio tour. Meet the conservators and see first-hand the ways in which they look after the Trust’s varied collections. This tour will provide a fascinating insight into the role conservators play in preserving objects how they are prepared for loans and exhibitions. Among the objects in the studio will be objects selected for James Watt Exhibition opening on 12 July at the Library of Birmingham.  

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The Changing Face of the Care Workforce

May 22 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Birmingham, Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT United Kingdom
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It is a well-known fact that we have an ageing population. People are living and working for longer, but not necessarily in good health. Many people live with a complex range of conditions for many years; this is putting increased pressure on the care workforce and the current approach to providing care and attracting people into the care sector is becoming outdated and in need of different thinking. The event will be chaired by Joel Blake OBE, an award-winning entrepreneur…

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June 2019

2019 Sir Adrian Cadbury Lecture: ‘Holding Government to Account’

June 13 at 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Aston University, Main Building, Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ER
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This year’s Sir Adrian Cadbury Lecture will be given by Meg Hillier MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, is Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament. Elected as a MP in 2005, Meg was a junior minister from 2007-10. She has previously served on the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission and, more recently, on the Joint Committee on the Draft Parliamentary Buildings Bill. Before entering Parliament, Meg served as a councillor in Islington for eight years and was one of…

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The Lunar Society and the European Enlightenment

June 25 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Birmingham City University, Room C502, level 5 of Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street
Birmingham, B4 7BD United Kingdom
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Professor Simon Schaffer will be giving a lecture on how the Lunar Society influenced and was influenced by the European Age of Enlightenment.   Simon Schaffer is Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge and fellow of Darwin College. He has coedited 'The sciences in enlightened Europe' and 'The material culture of enlightenment arts and sciences'. In 2013 he wrote and presented 'Mechanical marvels' for BBC4 television, followed by 'Mechanical monsters' in 2018.   Light refreshments are…

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July 2019

Lunar Society 2019 AGM and Engagement Event

July 11 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Library of Birmingham, Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2EA United Kingdom
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All members are welcome to attend the review of the previous year and proposals for 2019/2020. Members will receive information in advance, in line with the Society’s Constitution, along with nomination papers relating to the various Executive Committee vacancies.   Those members attending the AGM are afterwards invited to come along to the official private view for the ‘Watt in the World’ James Watt Bicentenary exhibition and Midlands launch of the new History West Midlands book ‘The Power to Change…

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