Welcome to the Charles Darwin: A Genius in the Heart of London Project website!
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most famous scientific books in history ' 'On the Origin of Species'.
In this book, published 24 November 1859, Darwin detailed his theory of evolution, describing how and why he thought species change over time in different environments. This rocked the scientific world, causing debate and discussion amongst scientists and others and continues to be a 'hot topic' for debate today.
Our project focuses on the many facets of Darwin's life and scientific work which linked him to London. In Darwin's lifetime, London, and more specifically, Westminster, was the main hub of the scientific world.
Many of the scientific Societies to which Darwin belonged were (and still are) in Westminster. Following his voyage on HMS Beagle, Darwin moved to Westminster and when he died he was buried alongside many other prominent British scientists in Westminster Abbey.
Over the course of this project a wide range of project activities are being held for all ages particularly for young people in Westminster Schools. Visit this website for regular updates on the outcomes of these activities, which range from animation to art, tapestry to songwriting, debate to drama; all with Darwin as the focus. As the project develops we will continue to populate the 'Resources' section of the website; these education resources are free to download and can be used in a class room setting or for personal use to help you find out more about this 'Genius in the Heart of London'.