Author Archives: Elizabeth Smith

Student daze

Early October inevitably brings signs of autumn to Cambridge: chilled breezes, colourful leaves, and wide-eyed Freshers wandering through town and library full of fear and anticipation for their university career. Clearly, the university experience has changed dramatically in the last … Continue reading

Supplanted by Jane

Charles Darwin is to be replaced on the £10 note by Jane Austen! Today (25 July) there are pictures of the new design in the press. So would Darwin have been disappointed that a naturalist has been usurped by a … Continue reading

The elusive Mr Roberts

   In 1874, when Darwin fell out spectacularly with the zoologist St George Jackson Mivart, and refused to communicate any further with him, an intermediary was proposed – a Mr Roberts. But Mr Roberts proved intriguingly elusive: was he a … Continue reading

Coming soon to a library near you

  We were very excited this morning to receive a package with our first copies of volume 20 of The correspondence of Charles Darwin, which contains letters from the year 1872. This was a very significant year for Darwin, who … Continue reading

A year in Darwin’s life – in (dirty) pictures

Behind every great website…. lies a lot of research, and quite often, a printed book. Or several.   Some of you may not be aware that in addition to appearing on this website, all of Charles Darwin’s letters are being … Continue reading