Date: 9 November 2017
Location: Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Conveners: John Henry and Susan Bennett
Price: £35 (members) / £45 (non-members)
The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce was established in 1754, when arts had a broader definition encompassing invention and application. Characteristic of the Enlightenment the SA aimed to raise the standard of living through the encouragement and practical application of new discoveries, new inventions, and improved processes and methodologies. It sought to encourage by awarding prizes across a wide range of activities and disciplines. Its prizes in the fields of chemistry, metallurgy, cartography, and land improvement encouraged the new sciences of mineralogy and geology. Direct and indirect spin-offs from SA prizes advanced mineralogy and geology in field mapping, mineral exploration, coastal defence works, drainage and irrigation and securing clean water supplies. Membership of the Geological Society overlapped substantially with the Society of Arts and with other institutions, such as the Royal Institution, concerned with the development of science.
The programme consists of nine papers illustrating the wide range of the Society of Arts’ influence on the earth sciences. This foray into a little known area of history of geology promises to be interesting day and alert you to new research possibilities.
The conference registration fee includes the programme below, lunch, refreshments and abstracts of all presentations. The fee for members of HOGG, GA, WSG and GSL is £35.00. The fee for non-members is £45. If you would like to pay by cheque, please make cheque payable to HOGG, marking ‘SA conference’ on back, and post to: HOGG, 61 Straight Road, Old Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2RT
10.00-10.10 Welcome and Housekeeping
10.10-10.40 Susan Bennett – ‘If diligently sought after’ – encouragement given by the Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce’
10.40-11.10 John Henry – Society of Arts Map Awards: an assessment of their contribution to Geology
Break – 11.10-11.30
11.30-12.00 John Mather – National Water Supply, conflicts between geologists and engineers and role of the Society of Arts
12.00-12.30 Cherry Lewis – Silver Medals for Agriculture to John Farey and William Smith
LUNCH provided 12.30-13.45 – HOGG AGM 13.15-13.45
13.45-14.15 Gordon Walkden – Promoting Art Manufactures and Commerce in One – the Society’s role in the development of British marble industry
14.15-14.45 Frank A.J.L. James – Collecting Minerals in the Early Nineteenth Century: the Royal Institution and Humphry Davy
14.45-15.15 Mike Howgate – Waterhouse Hawkins and the First Dinosaur Models
Break – 15.15-15.35
15.35-16.05 Anne Barrett – Royal School of Mines Outreach Through Lectures to Working Men
16.05-16.35 Jane Insley – Illustrating the Ideal – making sense of mineralogy in the early 19th century
16.35-17.00 Panel discussion/summary chaired by Hugh Torrens
Tickets: members £35 (includes lunch and refreshments) £45 non-members
William Shipley Group for RSA History www.williamshipleygroup.btck.co.uk
History of Geology Group www.historyofgeologygroup.co.uk