Symposium: Darwin’s London

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Darwin’s London

Saturday 16 May 2009, 10.00-18.00
Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons/Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL

From London’s influence on the young Charles Darwin to the effect of Darwinian theory on the reshaping of the city, this day of talks will offer an entertaining and enlightening insight into the relationship between man and metropolis. Leading experts in social history, evolutionary biology and the history of science will explore the places, people and institutions in London which were important to Darwin’s work, as well the effect of Darwin’s theory on the lives of Londoners. Coinciding with the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his most famous publication, On the Origin of Species, ‘Darwin’s London’ will interest anyone who wants to know more about Darwin, his scientific work and his social context.

Jointly organised by the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL – at the site of Darwin’s London home – and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the event will also include visits to both museums which were important centres for the study of natural history in Victorian London and a wine reception.


Introduction: Why Darwin Matters

Professor Steve Jones, UCL

London in Darwin’s Time

Professor Lynda Nead, Birkbeck College, London

What was Darwin doing in London?

Dr John van Wyhe, University of Cambridge

Darwin in London: Homes and Haunts

Dr Joe Cain, UCL

Darwin’s London Friends and Foes

Dr Jim Endersby, University of Sussex

Social Darwinism in London

Professor Greta Jones, University of Ulster

Price: £35/£25 concessions, including lunch, refreshments and wine reception. 
To book call 020 7869 6560 or email

This event has been supported by the Golden Bottle Trust

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