NEW EXHIBITION at Derby Cathedral
Open from Friday 29 September
Derby was a key centre of the 18th century Midlands Enlightenment. Though focused on the activities of the Lunar Society, a club that included the engineering pioneers Matthew Boulton, James Watt and Josiah Wedgwood, the people involved were all bound by another common factor – their faith.
In a period of intense scientific, economic and political debate and revolution Derby Cathedral remained central to the lives of three principle figures: the artist Joseph Wright of Derby, geologist and scientific instrument maker John Whitehurst I, and physician and natural philosopher Erasmus Darwin.
This exhibition, hosted by Derby Cathedral and featuring Derby Museums collections, will consider how these Enlightenment figures balanced their pursuit of scientific inquiry with their personal faith, even when the two appeared to be incompatible.