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The Lunar Society Heritage Trail

The Society, in conjunction with other organisations has produced the first Lunar Society Heritage Trail Leaflet for the City. The trail provides visitors and local residents with an introduction to the Lunar Society and 18th Century Birmingham by following in its members’ footsteps.

The walk and guide highlights the leading role Birmingham played in the creation of the modern world through the scientific discoveries, shared conversations and informal meetings of a remarkable group of friends who called themselves the Lunar Circle and became the Lunar Society in 1775.

The city centre walk takes in the surviving historic sites most closely associated with the Society’s members, together with the places where one can still see examples of their work and influence. Highlights include St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Library of Birmingham, the city centre canal network, Birmingham Assay Office and St Paul’s Square.

The out-of-town guide focuses on the sites associated with the Lunar Society, which can be visited by the public. These include the iconic Soho House (home of Matthew Boulton), Edgbaston Old Church (burial place of Dr William Withering), St Mary’s Church Handsworth (burial site for Boulton, Watt and Murdock) the Soho steam-engine Foundry in Smethwick and, perhaps less obviously, Sarehole Mill and Aston Hall which have links with Matthew Boulton, James Watt and their sons.

The Trail is co-sponsored by Birmingham Museums Trust and the modern Lunar Society supported by The Civic Society Assay office and Newman College. It has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Birmingham Museum Trust’s Birmingham: its people, its history gallery project.

The 1-2 hour city centre walk takes visitors to historic sites and buildings closely associated with the Society and its members.