Diary and Meeting Place

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This photograph, taken from Google Street View, shows the view over the Thames towards St Paul's Cathedral. The bridge on the left is Blackfriars (with the station platform on the bridge), and our meeting place, Doggett's Coat and Badge, is just through the bridge and along the Thames path.

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At our 14th March meeting

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Guest Speaker, Paul Scott
Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (1743-1820) was described recently by Sir David Attenborough as “The Great Panjandrum of Georgian Science”. This very vivid description reflects upon the position he held as President of the Royal Society for over 41 years. This was during a time when Britain was at the beginning of its industrial revolution, and which Richard Holmes describes in his incredible book as “The Age of Wonder”. Joseph Banks started his incredible journey from the Fens of Lincolnshire to a circumnavigation of the globe with Lieutenant James Cook, and then to the very peak of the British establishment as the President of The Royal Society. He advised King George III on the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was instrumental in sending botanists and gardeners around the world to collect plants, this was to result in Kew becoming the world's leading botanical gardens. Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820 and is buried in Heston, this year marks the bicentenary of his death.

This talk will explore the life of young Banks and his early influences, Banks the explorer and collector, and finally his significant period as president of the Royal Society.

The Sir Joseph Banks Society is based in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. The aim of the Society is to stimulate interest in his life and achievements through education, research, publications and events, and by strengthening Lincolnshire links with Australia and New Zealand.

If Sir Joseph had been alive today, he would be sharing the stage with our patron Sir David Attenborough, highlighting the importance of our forests, oceans, and the diversity of species both animal and botanical. The society, whilst holding significant collections of historic information on Sir Joseph Banks, is increasingly focusing its work on botany and science, and is helping to train new young botanists and support undergraduates via our partnership program Love Lincs Plants. Further information, including how to join the society, can be found on our website: www.joseph-banks.org.uk
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Banks as painted by Benjamin West in 1773 – Wikipedia
Paul Scott is a founding member, Trustee and Curator of the Sir Joseph Banks Society based in Lincolnshire, England. He regularly writes articles and carries out talks on Sir Joseph Banks. He is closely involved with the commemoration activities in 2020 which will mark the bicentenary of Banks death. The society patrons are Sir David Attenborough and The Rt Hon The Lord Waldegrave of North Hill.
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To mark the occasion of the London 2020 International Stamp Exhibition (2nd to 9th May), PNI has hired a room on Tuesday 5th May in the Islington Town House, 13 Liverpool Road, N1. from 11.30 to 3pm. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Our objective was to make a venue available for PNI members and to provide a 'drop in' location close to the exhibition hall, providing a place to visit whilst at the exhibition and socialise with other members, without the normal struggle for seats and high costs for food and drink in the exhibition hall. Our room will be manned during 11.30 to 3pm.
Please note that this is not one of our regular meetings, but a reception for members of the Society who are visiting the Stamp Exhibition.

2020

14th March: Society Spring meeting at Doggett's Coat and Badge. Members and their guests. Please let us know if you are planning to attend. More information is given in another column on this page.

1st May: Copy deadline for the July 2020 edition of our magazine, The Bounty. Copy received after this date may still be included if space permits.

5th May: To mark the occasion of the London 2020 International Stamp Exhibition (2nd to 9th May), PNI has hired a room on Tuesday 5th May in the Islington Town House, 13 Liverpool Road, N1. from 11.30 to 3pm. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Our objective was to make a venue available for PNI members and to provide a 'drop in' location close to the exhibition hall, providing a place to visit whilst at the exhibition and socialise with other members, without the normal struggle for seats and high costs for food and drink in the exhibition hall. Our room will be manned during 11.30 to 3pm.
Please note that this is not one of our regular meetings, but a reception for members of the Society who are visiting the Stamp Exhibition.

10th October: Society Autumn meeting and AGM at Doggett's Coat and Badge. Members and their guests. Please let us know if you are planning to attend.

1st November: Copy deadline for the January 2021 edition of our magazine, The Bounty. Copy received after this date may still be included if space permits.