Charles Darwin’s contribution to understanding nature has forever changed the way we view our world and his observations continue to inspire current research. To celebrate the 195th anniversary of his birth, visitors to the Natural History Museum can join free Darwin-related activities on Thursday 12 February.
Darwin Day Tour, 11.00 and 13.00
Learn about Darwin’s life, his work and his professional rivals on two special tours showing Darwin’s influence on our view of the natural world. These free hour-long tours will give visitors a rare opportunity to see Darwin’s letters and books, including his Origin of the Species manuscript. The tour will also show some of the specimens he collected on his 1831 Beagle voyage, now housed in the new Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, in his honour.
Darwin Day: The Theory of Evolution Explained, 14.30
Discover the theory of evolution for yourself in a lively discussion tracing how Darwin developed the idea, from observation to eureka. Talk with Museum scientists and find out how current research is taking forward his work. This event forms part of the spring programme of Darwin Centre Live events – a daily free informal events where you can meet curators and researchers to find out about their work, recent scientific discoveries and the Museum’s vast collections. Visit www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre for full listings.
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Issued: 21 January 2004