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Georgian Medicine and Science Online Lecture Series

The Georgian Group's online lecture series 'Georgian Medicine and Science' starts Oct. 13, with Stephanie Chapman's talk on the physician Richard Mead. The four-part series will explore the lives and work of some of the foremost figures in medicine and science in the Georgian era as well as the links between architecture and public health. For more information or to buy tickets, visit their website or click on the lecture titles below.

October 13: Dr. Richard Mead: Living in the Broad Sunshine of Life
Stephanie Chapman, Collections Manager at the Mercers' Company and former Curator of the Foundling Museum, explores the life and work of Richard Mead (1673-1754), one of the foremost physicians of his age, whose eminent patients included Robert Walpole, Alexander Pope and Queen Anne. Known for his work on poisons and public health, he advised the government on preventative measures to stop the spread of plague from France and was involved in early smallpox inoculations. In addition to his scientific work, Mead was also known as an extensive collector of art, books and zoological specimens as well as for his philanthropy.

October 27: A Georgian Chemist: Humphry Davy
Frank James, Professor of History of Science at UCL, discusses the life and work of the Penzance-born Humphry Davy (1778-1829) and his rise from provincial obscurity to metropolitan fame, first as Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution and later as President of the Royal Society of London. Davy’s work ranged across diverse areas such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), the miners’ safety lamp and analysis of ancient Roman pigments, as well as the advice he provided on ventilating buildings such as the House of Lords and Newgate Prison.

November 4: The brothers Bell: Emotion, war and surgical identity in late Georgian Britain
Mike Brown, cultural historian of medicine, surgery, gender and war, explores the life and work of two of the most influential surgeons of early nineteenth-century Britain, the brothers John Bell (1763-1820) and Charles Bell (1774-1842) The talk will focus less upon their vitally important contributions to anatomy and physiology than upon the ways in which they defined what it meant to be a surgeon. In particular, the lecture will explore how they shaped personal and professional identities that emphasized emotional self-reflection and championed the values of compassion and sympathy for the patient. We shall also see how this emotional disposition was shaped by the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, events in which both played a role and which exercised a profound influence over their sense of self.

November 10: How gracefully the dead dogs float': Building and public health in Early Modern England
Though the understanding of the biological vectors of transmission was in its infancy in the long eighteenth century, it was clear that cities, their buildings and their rivers, were agents in spreading disease. Long-established methods of infection control – such as quarantine and the use of pest-houses – were gradually augmented with attempts to build a healthy environment. In her talk, architectural historian Ann-Marie Akehurst will consider epidemics related to their urban settings. Drawing on London’s Great Plague, the Marseilles Plague and the nineteenth-century Cholera Pandemics, she will illustrate past and present resonances between the reactions of populations to epidemic disease. Ultimately she will argue epidemics require ambitious resilient cathedral thinking projecting architectural, and infrastructural, interventions, facilitating decades-long projects with in-built flexibility and redundancy.

All lectures will be recorded and will be available for ticket holders to re-watch for a limited period of time after the event takes place. Members receive a discounted ticket rate; enter GGMEMBER at checkout to receive your discount.

Main Line Visit
Departing from Park Avenue and 72nd Street

For the safety of our members, we have decided to reschedule our June 13, 2020, Main Line visit to June 2021 (the exact date will be announced later). If you signed up for this year and would like to be reimbursed, contact us.

The AFGG will tour the Main Line outside Philadelphia this summer, which are the towns that follow the railroad out of the city. By the turn of the 20th century, many grand estates were built along this line. We will visit a number of these, including Ardrossan, the great estate built by Horace Trumbauer (one of the architects of the Philadelphia Art Museum) and lived in by members of the Montgomery/Scott/Wheeler extended family from October 1912 to present day. It has a fascinating history, chronicled by David Wren's recent book Ardrossan. The setting for The Philadelphia Story also was inspired by this house.

Another stop on the tour is Radnor Hunt Club, the oldest hunt club in America,established in 1883. We will have lunch there and see their incredible collection of sporting art.

We then will visit the famous Erdenheim, a working farm. This tranquil and verdant land is home to prize-winning Cheviot sheep, Black Angus cattle, and elegant Morgan horses. Situated on close to 450 acres, Erdenheim Farm remains one of the last sanctuaries of pastoral life within the greater Philadelphia area.

After that, we will stop by Ivy Mills and see the old paper mill for which the district is named, as well as the clerk's house (built circa 1830), and the Ivy Mills Mansion House (built 1837), the Wilcox family estate.

An additional Georgian home may be added to the agenda. Please sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited and our out-of-town trips fill quickly.

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