Science and the Mutual Improvement Society

science and midicine

Victorian Britain had hundreds, if not thousands, of societies devoted to the cause of self-improvement, many populated by aspiring working-class men (and, later in the century, women). Scientific discussion and debate was very important to these associations. This talk will focus on the little-known archive of their meetings records and the magazines that they produced, showing that these give us significant insight into how, why, and when societies discussed key scientific debates and development, and the ways in which scientific education was perceived as vital to the cause of mutual improvement.

This talk is delivered by Dr Lauren Weiss, whose PhD and postdoctoral research has focused on literary societies and mutual improvement magazines, and Prof Kirstie Blair, whose current research is focused on Scottish and Northern working-class literature and culture.

Speakers: Dr Lauren Weiss and Prof Kirstie Blair, University of Strathclyde

 

Drinks will be served after each seminar. All welcome, no booking required.

Image Credit: Wellcome Collection
 

Humanities & Science
Medical Humanities

Audience: Open to all

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