Visit to Soho House, Birmingham and the Matthew Boulton Bicentennial Exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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A return visit to Birmingham for a unique opportunity to see Birmingham’s much-awaited festival celebrating the life, work and legacy of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809). During his lifetime, Boulton was a world-famous figure but since the 20th century, his name has been largely overshadowed by that of his business partner, James Watt. Without Boulton’s entrepreneurial vision, drive and ambition, however, it is unlikely that Watt would have fulfilled his potential as an engineer and inventor.

First stop will be Soho House, the elegant home of Matthew Boulton who lived here 1766-1809. It was possibly the first centrally-heated English house since Roman times. Guided by Curator/Manager, Clare Parsons, have the opportunity to see the exhibition '200 Years in the Making: Celebrating Boulton in Contemporary Style'. It was at Soho House that  Boulton, a founder of The Lunar Society, met important scientists, engineers and thinkers of the day.

Lunch (not included in ticket price) at reserved tables in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Caf.

The afternoon will focus on Birmingham’s showcase exhibition 'Matthew Boulton – selling what the world desires' which will include important material from Birmingham Museums’ and the City Archives’ own world-famous collections together with significant loans from The Royal Collection, national museums, Birmingham Assay Office and private collections. Many of the exhibits are extremely unlikely to be seen again in an exhibition on this scale.

Venue details

Soho House Soho Avenue (off Soho Road), Handsworth, BIRMINGHAM West Midlands B18 5LB 0121 348 8000 www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/soho