The Lunar Society of Birmingham was an informal meeting of minds who met every month to discuss how science and technology could be made to serve society for the good of all . The group of men including Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgewood would meet in the Lunar Room in Soho House.

In this talk, Sara Porter explores the role of the lunar society in the development of female education and science. Sara focuses on the role of botany as acceptable science for women and how this allowed women to move into botany as a profession. Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestly and Richard Lovell Edgeworth and his daughter Maria all helped to break down the barriers to women gaining knowledge and social standing in professional roles. The talk follows the lives of three midland women who lived from 1755 to 1850 who carved out careers as independent botanists through writing, teaching and editing.

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