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The Society of Arts and the Encouragement of Mineralogy and Geology 1754-1900

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Date: 9 November 2017

Location: Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly.

Conveners: John Henry and Susan Bennett

Price: £35 (members) / £45 (non-members)

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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




9.30-10.00     Registration

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


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