Person NameRoyal Scottish Society of Arts; 1821-
ActivityWhat was to become the Royal Scottish Society of Arts was formally instituted as The Society for Promoting the Useful Arts in Scotland in 1821. It was founded by the great Scottish physicist and natural philosopher Sir David Brewster. It followed on from the Society for the Promotion of the Mechanical and Useful Arts in Scotland, for rewarding Inventions of Public Utility, and disseminating Useful Knowledge among the Industrious classes of Society, a body with similar aims, and was concerned with the fields that would now be described as science, technology, engineering and manufacture as opposed to the fine arts. In an early petition to the Government for a grant, the principal aims of the new society were expressed as being '… to stimulate and reward genius and mechanical industry, and to aford a ready and useful medium of intercourse among men of all ranks, who were engaged either in the pursuit of science or in the various practical departments of the arts and manufactures.' The meetings were attended by academics, gentry, civil engineers, lawyers, instrument makers, engravers and printers.The Proceedings of the society were published quarterly in the Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal. In 1841 the society, then called The Society of Arts for Scotland, was granted a Royal Charter and became the Royal Scottish Society of Arts. From 1850 there were three catagories of prizes awarded by the Society: Mechanical Arts; Chemical Arts; The Mechanical branch of Fine Arts (including Daguerreotype, Tablotype of other Photographic Processes).The Society continues to offer a regular programme of lectures on a wide range of scientific and technical topics and visits to research, manufacturing or industrial establishments.
Corporate NameRoyal Scottish Society of Arts
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