Moon-Struck Philosophers

Explore the hidden histories of Derby and how the people who lived here influenced scientific, political and philosophical thinking around the world.

The University of Derby and Derby’s Local Studies and Family History Library are hosting two free guided walking tours of the city as part of Being Human 2019, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. The Philosophers’ Walk events, taking place on 16 and 23 November, will share the significance of secret spots around Derby to which the Derby Philosophers were closely connected. The walks will also be accessible as a smartphone trail. The events were selected to be part of Being Human by the festival organisers: the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA).

The tours are also part of The Moon-Struck Philosophers season of events throughout November 2019, celebrating the achievements and legacy of the Derby Philosophers. This new library exhibition will engage the public and showcase the archives around members of the Derby Philosophical Society and their famous - and infamous – experiments. Alongside the exhibition, there will be three public lectures and two interactive sessions exploring the Local Studies and Family History Library archives. All of the events are free to attend.

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