"A modern day Society with a historical heart"
The present-day Lunar Society provides a dynamic forum for its membership to influence change through focusing and informing debate, linking social, economic, scientific and cultural thinking, and catalysing action on issues critical to the common good. In the 200-plus years since the original Society, Birmingham and the region have changed beyond recognition. It is now a lively, multicultural city, open to the world. Its industrial base has high technology, medicine and legal services as well as modern manufacturing. It is also notably a young city, with a high proportion of under-35s. Yet what is still the same is the need to adapt continuously, to connect across different agendas and perspectives, and the need to engage local energy and effort in making change succeed. We are at the forefront of this, contributing to an innovative agenda throughout this region and beyond.
Today’s Lunar Society has several hundred members and includes leading practitioners from all walks of life in Birmingham and the wider region, people who are prepared to help shape the scientific, political and social agenda not just here in Birmingham and the West Midlands, but nationally and internationally.
Members of the Lunar Society, Boulton and Watt featuring on a £50 UK Bank Note, held by former Governor of the Bank of England
The society has produced 3 relevant heritage trails:
1 The Lunar Society Heritage Trail Leaflet provides visitors and local residents with an introduction to the Lunar Society and 18th Century Birmingham by following in its members’ footsteps
2 This has been partly replaced by the very successful James Watt bicentenary 2019 trail due to major works developing the city centre.
3 The Lunar Society heritage trail and Guide to the 18th century Midlands
For specific contact and details of membership etc. visit the Lunar Society website: