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Arts and Minds

How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Anton Howes

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Geschichte

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A major new history of the extraordinary society that has touched all aspects of British life

From its beginnings in a coffee house in the mid-eighteenth century, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has tried to improve British life in every way imaginable. It has sought to influence how Britons work, how they are educated, the music they listen to, the food they eat, the items in their homes, and even how they remember their own history. Arts and Minds is the remarkable story of an institution unlike any other—a society for the improvement of everything and anything.

Drawing on exclusive access to a wealth of rare papers and artefacts from the Society's own archives, Anton Howes shows how this vibrant and singularly ambitious organisation has evolved and adapted, constantly having to reinvent itself to keep in step with changing times. The Society has served as a platform for Victorian utilitarian reformers, purchased and restored an entire village, encouraged the planting of more than sixty million trees, and sought technological alternatives to child labour. But this is more than just a story about unusual public initiatives. It is an engaging and authoritative history of almost three centuries of social reform and competing visions of a better world—the Society's members have been drawn from across the political spectrum, including Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and Karl Marx.

Informative and entertaining, Arts and Minds reveals how a society of public-spirited individuals tried to make their country a better place, and draws vital lessons from their triumphs and failures for all would-be reformers today.

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Upper class, Royal Designers for Industry, Profession, Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, Natural philosophy, Albert Medal (Royal Society of Arts), Supply (economics), Lobbying, Customer, Joseph Paxton, Mercantilism, Waitrose, Fellow of the Royal Society, Emerging technologies, Festival of Britain, High Art, Supporter, Competition, History painting, Publicity, Illustration, Newspaper, Adviser, Superiority (short story), Tax, Corn Laws, Capitalism, Henry Cole, Fellow, Blue plaque, John Scott Russell, Teacher, Shortage, Wealth, Institution, Painting (Blue Star), Lecturer, Middle class, Residence, Split infinitive, Victoria and Albert Museum, Employment, Year, Shareholder, Direct democracy, Forgery, Fine art, Industrialisation, Trade union, Examination board, Royal Commission, Debt, Civil service, Lithography, Agriculture, Pottery, Politician, Annual general meeting, Funding, Edwin Chadwick, Great room, Charles Dickens, Lecture, Of Education, Retail, The Great Exhibition, Vocational education, Arts and Crafts movement, Designer, Politics, John Callcott Horsley, Scientist, Career, Napoleon III, Free trade, Royal charter, Raw material, Mary Moser, Work of art, Technology, Michael Faraday, Contemporary art, Satire, Writing, Income, Chairman, Suggestion, Social movement, Engraving, William Mulready, Pint, Education, Subsidy, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, Insider, City and Guilds of London Institute, Medal, Programme (booklet), Prue Leith