Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

Birmingham, West Midlands

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

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The Lunar Society saw a group of 19th century industrialists, philosophers and intellectuals meet to discuss arts, science and theology – so named because they would meet on full moons when the extra light made the journey home safer.

The ideas and achievements of The Lunar Society not only changed Birmingham's history, but the history of the world. Members included James Watt, Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood.

Today’s Soho House is an elegant and unexpected haven close to the city centre. The dining room is particularly significant as this is where the Lunar Society’s meetings were conducted.

Don’t miss the garden and visitor centre displays, which explore Boulton’s vast output, from button making and coin minting to steam engines and silverware. 

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