The men of the eighteenth-century Lunar Society are well known, but what about the Lunar women? Who were they and how important were they in the histories of their husbands and fathers? This talk will look at some of the Lunar wives and daughters, including Mary Priestley, Sally Wedgwood and Peggy and Anne Watt, to consider the role the Lunar women played in their husbands' businesses as well as their scientific investigations and philosophical thought.
Dr Kate Croft is a freelance lecturer and researcher based in the West Midlands. In 2012 Kate completed a PhD on Lunar Society member, Thomas Day’s educational experiment, Constructing the Eighteenth Century Woman: The Adventurous History of Sabrina Sidney, 1757-1843. Kate has previously worked as a librarian in the public and academic sectors and is currently a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham and a Visiting Lecturer, teaching on the MA in West Midlands History.
Ticket includes the talk which takes place in the Lunar Room in Soho House, and an optional tour of Soho House after.
18:15 Arrivals for 18:30 talk (45 minute talk, 10 minutes of questions)
19:30 Optional tour of the house (lasts approximately 1hour and 15 minutes)