17th August, 2009
The 200th anniversary of the death of entrepreneur and inventor Matthew Boulton, was marked this week, with a special wreath laying ceremony in Birmingham.
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) is one of the most significant figures in the history of Birmingham and Aston University was one of the organisations represented at the ceremony, which involved laying a wreath at the Boulton, Murdoch and Watt statue on Birmingham’s Broad Street.
Aston University is hosting a free Matthew Boulton Discovery Day on Thursday, September 17th as part of a range of activities to celebrate Boulton’s achievements, which will involve a day of lectures, exhibitions and interactive workshops.
The Lunar Society, Birmingham Civic Society, the Victorian Society and the Art Fund, were other representatives at the ceremony. Following the service the wreaths were moved to St Mary’s Parish Church, Handsworth, where Boulton is buried alongside fellow entrepreneurs James Watt and William Murdoch.
Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport & Culture at Birmingham City Council who led the ceremony, said; “Matthew Boulton is not only internationally important for his contribution to the Industrial Revolution, but as one of the founding fathers of Birmingham and it is appropriate that his home town pays tribute to his achievements on the bicentenary of his death.
“The exhibitions and events to celebrate Boulton’s bicentenary are the result of many organisations working in collaboration, and it is wonderful to see that these have proved to be so popular with both public and critics.”
The centrepiece of the bicentenary celebrations is the free Matthew Boulton – Selling what all the world desires exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 27th September 2009.
For further information on Aston University’s free Matthew Boulton Discovery Day on Thursday, September 17 and to discover more about the man himself, click here.
For further information contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Press Officer, on 0121 204 4549.