CfP: The Society of Arts and the Encouragement of Mineralogy and Geology, 1750-1850, sent on behalf of WSG and HoGG

A joint meeting of the History of Geology Group of the Geological Society and the William Shipley Group for RSA History to be held on 9th November 2017 at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

First Call for Papers

The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, founded in 1754, was a quintessential enlightenment organisation dedicated to raising the standard of life through encouraging invention, discovery and improvements.  To this end it instituted a series of awards covering a broad spectrum of endeavour.   Prizes in the field of chemistry, cartography, and land reclamation encouraged the emerging science and field practice of mineralogy and geology.   Although there were direct awards for mineralogical maps of England, Scotland and Ireland, other less direct awards set the scene by enabling geology and mineralogy to develop by exploitation of minerals, by hydrological and coastal defence work and by improved survey.   Several prominent people of the time were members of both the Society of Arts and the Geological Society, as well as other contemporary institutions, notably the Royal Institution.

Papers on the Society, its aims and organisation, its effectiveness in supporting the development of geology and mineralogy, and rivalries with other interested bodies, are welcome.  It is intended that the papers will be published.  Presentations will be 20-25 minutes long although published papers may be longer.   To be considered abstracts of 250-500 words for proposed papers should be received by the convenors by 31st October 2016.  For further information please contact the convenors, John Henry ( of HOGG or Susan Bennett ( Honorary Secretary of the WSG.

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