Darwin Day - 2019
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Wisley, England United Kingdom
There will be a display about Charles Darwin from 9th – 17th February including, on 12th February, the herbarium specimen that Darwin collected on his historic voyage with The Beagle in the early 1830s. Included in normal Garden entry (book your garden visitors tickets in advance, for a 10% discount).
Charles Darwin was born 12th February 1809 and died 19th April 1882 and it is his theory of evolution through natural selection that transformed the way the natural world was understood.
He was the fifth of six children and part of a family open to new ideas as both his grandfathers were important figures in the period known as the Enlightenment; Josiah Wedgewood, industrialist and anti-slavery campaigner; and Erasmus Darwin, a doctor who posed the controversial idea that one species could ‘transmute’ in to another.
Darwin was recommended by his Cambridge tutor as a ‘gentleman naturalist’ on a voyage around the world on HMS Beagle. and for five years Darwin travelled to four continents collecting specimens and investigating the local geology.
The specimen that will be on display in the Library comes from this voyage of the Beagle.
The Library is open from 10am – 4pm weekdays and 11am – 4pm at weekends and Bank Holidays.