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Arts and MindsHow the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation$
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Anton Howes

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691182643

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.001.0001

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Building a Social Movement?

Building a Social Movement?

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Arts and Minds

Anton Howes

Princeton University Press

This chapter draws attention to the Special Activities Committee of the Royal Society of Arts. It mentions the institution of the Benjamin Franklin Medal, which was originally intended to be specifically awarded to younger people in order to draw them into the Society. It also talks about Freddie Williams, who had already been elected to a fellowship at the Royal Society and awarded the first Benjamin Franklin Medal. The chapter discusses the Society's expansion by forming regional committees, which started with Birmingham in 1960 that eventually became a West Midlands committee. It elaborates on the idea of the expansion of committees that would promote discussions across the country and lead to new ideas and initiatives for the Society to adopt on a national basis.

Keywords:   Special Activities Committee, Royal Society of Arts, Benjamin Franklin Medal, Freddie William, regional committees, West Midlands committee

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