Cambridge Trip #5: Darwin Groupies Explore Cambridge

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Fairly close to the bed and breakfast I (and Richard) stayed at is Darwin College, named after the Darwin family (read the history here). Some pictures:

Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Darwin Bust, Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Darwin Bust, Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Then along King’s College and Clare College:

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) in the River Cam, Kings College, University of Cambridge

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) in the River Cam, King's College, University of Cambridge

Clare College and the River Cam, University of Cambridge

Clare College and the River Cam, University of Cambridge

When we came upon this next spot, we noted the big Darwin display in multiple windows:

Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

Darwin Display, Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

Darwin Display, Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

Darwin Display, Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

Darwin Display, Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

Darwin Display, Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

Darwin Display, Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Cambridge, England

From the CUP Bookshop we made our way through a few streets to Boots the Chemist, a pharmacy. The site though is the location of Darwin’s lodgings in 1828 while an undergraduate at Christ’s College:

Site of Darwin Lodgings (1828), Boots the Chemist, Cambridge, England

Site of Darwin Lodgings (1828), Boots the Chemist, Cambridge, England

Site of Darwin Lodgings (1828), Boots the Chemist, Cambridge, England

Site of Darwin Lodgings (1828), Boots the Chemist, Cambridge, England

Michael at site of Darwin's 1828 lodgings (Photo by Richard Carter)

Michael at site of Darwin's 1828 lodgings (Photo by Richard Carter)

On elsewhere.

Mammoth, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Mammoth, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Iguanodon & Sloth (?), Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Iguanodon & Sloth (?), Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Darwin Window, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge

Darwin Window, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge

And now we were at another site of Darwin’s lodgings (post-Beagle, 1836-7), Fitzwilliam Street:

Fitzwilliam Street, Site of Darwin Lodgings (1836-37), Cambridge, England

Fitzwilliam Street, Site of Darwin Lodgings (1836-37), Cambridge, England

Fitzwilliam Street, Site of Darwin Lodgings (1836-37), Cambridge, England

Fitzwilliam Street, Site of Darwin Lodgings (1836-37), Cambridge, England

Fitzwilliam Street, Site of Darwin Lodgings (1836-37), Cambridge, England

Fitzwilliam Street, Site of Darwin Lodgings (1836-37), Cambridge, England

Nearby was The Fitzwilliam Museum, which has the art exhibit Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts. The museum was closed (as it was on Monday too!), so we did not get to see this exhibit. Some pictures from the outside:

The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Endless Forms, Darwin Art Exhibit at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Endless Forms, Darwin Art Exhibit at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Endless Forms, Darwin Art Exhibit at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Endless Forms, Darwin Art Exhibit at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Some miscellaneous shots:

Tour Bus, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England

Tour Bus, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England

Outdoor Used Booksale, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England

Outdoor Used Booksale, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England

Other Darwin displays:

Darwin Display, The Shop At Kings, University of Cambridge

Darwin Display, The Shop At King's, University of Cambridge

Darwin Display at Heffers Bookstore, Cambridge, England

Darwin Display at Heffers Bookstore, Cambridge, England

We decided to get something to eat, and Richard wanted to treat my to my first pint of warm British ale (in actually, my first beer). What better place to do this than the Eagle Pub:

The Eagle Pub (Photo by Richard Carter)

The Eagle Pub (Photo by Richard Carter)

Enjoying Old Speckled Hen, the Eagle Pub, Cambridge, England (Photo by Richard Carter)

Enjoying Old Speckled Hen, the Eagle Pub, Cambridge, England (Photo by Richard Carter)

After fish & chips and some beer, we decided to head back toward the bed and breakfast. Some shots along the way:

Trinity Street, University of Cambridge

Trinity Street, University of Cambridge

Whewells Court, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Whewells Court, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Whewell is William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath and coiner of “scientist.” He was connected with Trinity College.

Round Church, University of Cambridge

Round Church, University of Cambridge

Jesus Lane, University of Cambridge

Jesus Lane, University of Cambridge

Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, Cambridge, England

Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, Cambridge, England

Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, Cambridge, England

Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, Cambridge, England

Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

The Scott Polar Research Institute’s museum would have been on my list to see, but it is currently closed for renovations.

Coe Fen, Cambridge, England

Coe Fen, Cambridge, England

Plenty of walking for one evening. We needed rest for even more walking and museum-going on Monday.

You can view all the photos from my trip here, if you feel so inclined. Some of Richard’s Cambridge photos are here.

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7 thoughts on “Cambridge Trip #5: Darwin Groupies Explore Cambridge

  1. Thanks, barcelonareporter!

    Adrian – No I have not seen any Darwin busts for sale….

  2. Pingback: Cambridge Trip #6: Darwin the Geologist at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences « The Dispersal of Darwin

  3. Pingback: Cambridge Trip #8: Darwin’s Microscope at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science | Phasing

  4. Ruth – I was there at the tail end of the festival, I did see the play “Re:Design” one evening (Daniel Dennett was sitting behind me, so cool), and saw plenty of Darwin exhibits. But I was too late for the festival speakers…

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