The men of the Lunar Society at Birmingham, a very industrious city, were all involved in the business of bringing together arts, design, manufactures and commerce. They were a highly influential passionate group of trend setting tradesmen and artists and artisans, who all successfully collaborated to fire up, to fuel invention and to help establish the modern age. They sought to change the face of England with their efforts. They discussed building canals, urging Parliament to build new roads to increase movement of trade and to aid commerce by putting in place systems for naming plants, gases and minerals. They included physician, poet and theorist of evolution Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer of steam engine fame James Watt (1736 – 1819), English theologian, philosopher and educator Joseph Priestly (1733 – 1804), Watt’s very savvy and successful business partner Matthew Boulton (1728 – 1809) and Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) the Prince of Pottery, who like many of his colleagues, became a tycoon.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.