On Monday, 30 October 2017, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts and the Royal Society of New South Wales signed an historic strategic agreement to mutually support and promote both organisations, and stimulate the vibrancy of intellectual inquiry and curiosity in NSW.
Back row (L to R), Em. Professor Robert Clancy AM, FRSN; Mr Denis Mockler, Vice President, SMSA; Mr John Hardie FRSN. Front Row (L to R): Mr Thomas Keneally, who has strong links to both organisations; Ms Winsome Allen, President, SMSA; Em. Professor David Brynn Hibbert, FRSN, President, Royal Society of NSW.
About the agreement
This agreement brings together the two oldest institutions in NSW dedicated to education, the discussion of ideas and discovery. The Royal Society traces its origins to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, established in 1821, which was the first scientific society in the colony of New South Wales. The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts also dates to colonial times, having been founded in 1833 with the objective of the intellectual improvement of its members and the cultivation of literature, science and the arts.
The Enlightenment Series
One of the first examples of partnership between the organisations is the Enlightenment series, a collaborative lecture program spanning 2017 and early 2018 which investigates the beginnings of the Enlightenment and its influence on colonial Australia.
The next talk in the series will be The Freedom to Use Your Own Intelligence, delivered by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM, FRSN next Monday, 6 November.