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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“HMS Beagle in the Galápagos” by John Chancellor. © Dr Gordon Chancellor and reproduced with his kind permission.

“HMS Beagle in the Galápagos” by John Chancellor. © Dr Gordon Chancellor and reproduced with his kind permission.

About the painting see p. 49-60 of this special issue of the Linnean, “Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Darwin-Wallace theory of evolution” (3.7Mb PDF):

CONFERENCE: In the wake of the Beagle

From the Australian National Maritime Museum:

In the wake of the Beagle – Science in the southern oceans from the age of Darwin

Start Date: 20 March 2009

End Date: 21 March 2009

A major symposium in conjunction with the Australian National Maritime Museum’s exhibition Charles Darwin – Voyages and ideas that shook the world. Internationally acclaimed speakers provide new insights into the world of collecting, surveying and cross-cultural exchange in the antipodes in the age of Darwin and take a modern look at Darwin and his contemporaries’ influence on today’s cutting-edge scientific research.

 

“For a small ten-gun brig belonging to what sailors wryly called the ‘coffin class’, HMS Beagle has created the largest wake of any ship in history.”
Professor lain McCalman
Strange as it may seem, the long wake of HMS Beagle stretches from the nineteenth century into the future of our globe. Charles Darwin spent only three months in Australia, but Australasia and the Pacific contributed to his evolutionary thinking in a variety of ways. One hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species and on the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the museum is proud to present In the Wake of the Beagle – a celebratory symposium of internationally acclaimed speakers providing new insights into the world of collecting, surveying and cross-cultural exchange in the antipodes in the age of Darwin.

They explore the groundbreaking work of Darwin and his contemporaries Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Wallace, shed light on their interaction with the region’s indigenous voyagers, and take a very modern look at the naturalists’ influence on today’s cutting-edge scientific research, at a time when global warming has raised

This conference has been made possible thanks to the support of an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, Seeing Change: Science, Culture and Technology in the Antipodes from the age of Darwin.

Speakers

Dr Chris Ballard, Fellow Division of Pacific & Asian History, Australian National University;

Mike Bluett Producer, Becker Group;

Dr Lissant Bolton, Senior Curator Oceania, British Museum;

Dr John Collee, novelist and screenwriter;

Dr Jim Endersby, Sussex University;

Dr Nigel Erskine, Curator, Australian National Maritime Museum;

Mr Julian Holland, researcher and former curator;

Dugald Jellie, travel writer, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald;

Sophie Jensen, Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia;

Prof. lain McCalman, University of Sydney;

Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian, State Library of NSW;

Prof. Frank Nicholas, Animal Genetics, University of Sydney;

Dr Jude Philp, Senior Curator, Macleay Museum;

Paul White, Dept. of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge;

Dr Kate Wilson, Director, Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship, CSlRO

2-Day registration $50, ANMM Members or students $30
1-day registration $25, ANMM Members or students $15

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