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Susan Bennett MA

‘Poking its Nose into Everything’: – the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

From its foundation in 1754 the RSA has poked its nose into everything from the ‘polite arts’ to science and technology, with many other areas of interest in between.  The Society encouraged inventions and developments through its ‘premium’ system which developed in the mid-19thcentury into a wide-ranging lecture programme.  The RSA also led a number of campaigns, as well as laying the groundwork for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

About the Speaker

Susan Bennett MA

Founder member and Honorary Secretary of the William Shipley Group for RSA History (founded 2004) and as former RSA Curator/Archivist Susan Bennett has given presentations and published articles on many aspects of the RSA’s rich and varied history.  Her book A Thankless Child.  The Life and Times of Georgiana Jane Henderson (1771-1850) was published in 2020.

About the Venue

An in-person and webcast (zoom) meeting.

As previously the meeting will start at 6:30 pm and tea and coffee will be available from 6:00 pm and we look forward to welcoming you to what we hope will be an interesting series of talks and discussions.

For those of you who are uncertain about attending in-person meetings at present, we are also pleased to announce that all this year’s programme of talks will also be available as a live webcast.

Kelham Island Museum has advised that although no social distancing restrictions will be in place for the meeting, we will need to keep a detailed register of attendees.  To assist with this and to gauge demand for the in-person talk it would be very helpful if you could let us know if you wish to join us using the Eventbrite link below.  Similarly, if you would like to join us online please book using the Eventbrite link below.  We are very happy if you wish to “hedge your bets” and book for both the in-person and online talks at this stage and make a final decision nearer the time.

A group of members and guests will be meeting for a pre-talk meal and if you wish to join us please let me know so that I can advise them of the probable numbers.

All Newcomen evening meetings are free and open to all and if you are aware of any non-members who may be interested in this talk please feel free to forward this email to them.

Please Note:-  The parking arrangements at the Museum have changed and the car park between the Museum and the river is now closed and is being used by the Museum Cafe and Bar as an outdoor seating area.  Details of the new parking arrangements can be found at http://www.simt.co.uk/kelham-island-museum/plan-your-visit

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