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Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book ‘On the Origin of Species’, with a range of exciting activities.


Darwin200 is a national programme of events honouring his scientific ideas and their impact. The celebrations have already begun and will continue until 24 November 2009, the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book, On the Origin of Species.


A Festival of science, society, literature, history, philosophy, theology, art and music arising from the writings, life and times of Charles Darwin presented through talks, discussions, performances, workshops, exhibitions and tours.


Darwin’s correspondence provides us with an invaluable source of information, not only about his own intellectual development and social network, but about Victorian science and society in general.



Only this site contains Darwin’s complete publications, 20,000 private papers, the largest Darwin bibliography, manuscript catalogue and hundreds of supplementary works: specimens, biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and much more.



The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House. Enjoy new interactive multimedia tours narrated by David Attenborough and Andrew Marr, covering both the family rooms and, for the first time ever, the extensive gardens known as Darwin’s ‘outdoor laboratory’.



To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the BBC look at the pioneering scientist’s life and work through a range of programmes.

John Collier, Portrait of Charles Robert Darwin, 1883 (detail), National Portrait Gallery, London

John Collier, Portrait of Charles Robert Darwin, 1883 (detail), National Portrait Gallery, London

Darwin-related Exhibitions and Displays in Cambridge

Darwin the Geologist

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge.
This permanent exhibition tells the story of the rock specimens that Darwin collected on the Beagle voyage, and their importance to his early scientific work.

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A Voyage Around the World

Cambridge University Library.
Darwin’s formative years on the Beagle are illuminated in this exhibition bringing together manuscripts and natural history specimens from across the University’s collections.

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Beetles, Finches and Barnacles

University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge.
A special display of specimens collected by Darwin, many on the Beagle voyage. Also showing: Seeing the Light, an exhibition of cast glass sculpture by Tolly Nason founded on Darwin’s biological specimens

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Darwin’s microscopes

Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge.
A chance to examine Darwin’s own microscopes up-close, which were instrumental to his close observations of nature.

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The University Botanic Garden

This heritage-listed Botanic Garden was originally conceived by John Henslow, Professor of Botany in the University of Cambridge and mentor of Charles Darwin.

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Christ’s College

Charles Darwin was a student at Christ’s from 1828 to 1831, and returned to Cambridge during 1836–1837 to collate the notes and collections he made while on HMS Beagle. To celebrate the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth, Christ’s College has created a series of exhibits and memorials.

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