Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hockey night in…Shrewsbury?

This week, a bombshell rocked the world of winter sports – hockey is, apparently, not from Canada. What drew our attention to this revelation is a letter from Charles Darwin used as evidence for the game’s roots in England. With … Continue reading

Casting about: Darwin on worms

This week Darwin and earthworms featured in the news announcement that a citizen science project has been launched to map the distribution of earthworms across Britain (BBC Today programme, 26 May 2014). The general understanding of the role earthworms play … Continue reading

Who is this correspondent? Charlotte Papé

Who is this correspondent?   She wrote to Charles Darwin on 16 July 1875   Charlotte was literate and articulate; her use of English was idiomatic. She may not have been young in 1875: she wrote that ‘of course, like … Continue reading