Lunar Society of Birmingham


The Lunar Society of Birmingham was a dinner club and informal learned society of prominent figures in the Midlands Enlightenment, including industrialistsnatural philosophers and intellectuals, who met regularly between 1765 and 1813 in BirminghamEngland. At first called the Lunar Circle, “Lunar Society” became the formal name by 1775. The name arose because the society would meet during the full moon, as the extra light made the journey home easier and safer in the absence of street lighting. The members cheerfully referred to themselves as “lunarticks”, a pun on lunatics. Venues included Erasmus Darwin‘s home in LichfieldMatthew Boulton‘s home, Soho House, and Great Barr Hall.