Soho House Library Loan Book

I am fascinated by the #LunarMen these Friends that made the Future and created the Modern World with their Industrial Revolution based on steam power with Boulton and Watt’s steam engines made at the Soho Foundry in Smethwick just to the west of Birmingham…….these #NaturalPhilosophers shared ideas with one another including a #Library of #Books to be found @SohoHouseMuseum

The Iron Room

As Libraries Week 2021 is 4-10 October, it seemed fitting to celebrate the library at Soho House by taking a look at the Soho House Library Loan Book, purchased by Archives and Collections in 2009.

Soho House was the home of Matthew Boulton (1728 -1809), businessman, manufacturer of fashionable metal goods and partner of James Watt in the commercial development of the steam engine. After his death, the house was occupied by his son Matthew Robinson Boulton (1770-1842), until 1815-1816, when he bought an estate at Great Tew in Oxfordshire. In 1817 he married Mary Anne Wilkinson (1795-1829) and their son Matthew Piers Watt Boulton (1820-1894) also lived at Soho House until he sold it in 1850.

Soho House Library Loan Book [MS 3782/21/27]

The volume is a list of books borrowed from the library at Soho by family and friends of the Boulton’s from 1814 to 1845. It…

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