Darwin’s Westminster life showcased in new display

Darwin in London

Darwin in London

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Darwin’s Westminster life showcased in new display

Press Release Source: The Linnean Society of London

Published: 25th November 2009

As a year of activities and events celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin nears completion, visitors to his final resting place – Westminster Abbey, have had the opportunity to find out more about his life and work through a new display.  Compiled as part of the “Charles Darwin, A Genius in the Heart of London” project, co-ordinated by the Linnean Society of London and Westminster Archives and generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the display focuses on Darwin’s life in Westminster both as a member of a number of Learned Societies and as a resident.  “Darwin was a member of many Learned Societies in Westminster” said Camilla Bergman, Project Officer.  The Geological Society of London, the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the Royal Society and the Zoological Society of London have all contributed to this display which features many different aspects of Darwin’s work”.

The display also features artwork and textiles created by young people from Westminster Schools highlighting important elements of Darwin’s life, particularly his Voyage on the Beagle and has created a lot of interest from visitors to Westminster Abbey.  ”We think the exhibition in the Abbey is excellent and lots of people are looking at it” said Canon Jane Hedges.  .  The display will remain at Westminster Abbey until 27th November before moving to Westminster Archives, the Royal Society and The Linnean Society of London.  For details of dates and viewing times please visit the Charles Darwin: A Genius in the Heart of London project website http://www.darwininlondon.co.uk/index/exhibition-dates/

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