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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 3, January 20, 2008, Article 9

MATTHEW BOULTON CONFERENCE PLANNED FOR JULY 2009

Paul Sherry writes: "I managed to order a copy of Robert
Ward’s book on Robert Mylne. It’s been a great read and
I can highly recommend it.  I tell everyone I come across
about the secret Boulton collection.

"While we are talking about Matthew Boulton I thought
E-Sylum readers would be interested a planned conference
in England on Matthew Boulton.  I know it only occurs in
2009 but it’s always nice to get plenty of notice. I would
be interested to know if any of our readers will be attending
-  please take plenty of pictures for the rest of us!

Dick Johnson once wrote (speaking of Boulton) ”Every numismatist
should build a shrine to this one man” (E-Sylum vol. 7, no. 26,
art. 22).  With a little editing in Photoshop I was able to
print a great copy of the Lemuel Francis Abbott portrait of
Matthew Boulton in the conference announcement. Just have to
get it framed and it will become part of my Boulton shrine.

[Below are excerpts from the Boulton conference announcement. -Editor]

 The year 2009 will mark the bicentenary of
 the death of the Birmingham entrepreneur
 Matthew Boulton (1728–1809). A major international
 conference is being planned to explore the historical
 significance of Boulton in his several roles as
 pioneering industrialist, natural philosopher and
 patron of the arts. The event will be hosted by the
 University of Birmingham in association with the
 University of Central England in Birmingham on Friday,
 Saturday and Sunday, 3–5 July 2009.

 Call for Papers will not be issued
 until the autumn of 2008. However, the
 organisers invite expressions of interest
 in the conference project as described
 below, together with suggestions for
 future planning and possible sponsorship.

 A number of other events are scheduled
 to take place in venues around the city of
 Birmingham during the bicentenary year.
 The main attraction will be a display of the
 products of the famous Soho Manufactory
 which Matthew Boulton opened around
 1765 on a green-field site just outside the
 city. This exhibition is being organised by
 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and
 will run from June until September 2009.

 In addition, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
 (situated on the campus of the University of
 Birmingham) is planning an exhibition of the
 tokens, medals and coins struck between
 1787 and 1813 at the Soho Mint. This
 display will be open for public viewing for
 12 months from April 2009.
 Delegates will therefore have the opportunity
 to combine the academic activities of the
 colloquium with the major civic events designed
 to celebrate the remarkable life of Matthew
 Boulton.

 The organisers will also be arranging
 visits to his private residence Soho House,
 to the Birmingham Assay Office (established
 in 1773 at Boulton’s instigation), and to the
 Birmingham Central Library which holds the
 Archives of Soho. This manuscript collection
 contains the family and business papers of
 Matthew Boulton and his principal partner,
 the steam engineer James Watt. It is generally
 regarded as the biggest and most illuminating
 business and industrial archive to survive for
 the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

To read the complete conference announcement, see:
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 esylum_v07n46a22.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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