Category Archives: News

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

Darwin’s Women Film

To conclude the Darwin & Gender research project a short film has been produced. In the film Dr Philippa Hardman presents the project’s findings saying: “Darwin was no feminist, but our research has shown that his views on gender were … Continue reading

Lost in Patagonia

In 1874, when Darwin was preparing the second edition of Descent of Man, he received letters from all over the world in reply to his queries about human behaviour; one in particular would have stirred up unexpected memories of his … Continue reading

We are adapting…

Having successfully completed two research projects this summer – Darwin & Human Nature, and Darwin & Gender – we are making some changes to our blog and twitter feeds. So much that is intriguing, quirky, or topical in Darwin’s letters … 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

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

Darwin’s picture is everywhere. It’s on the £10 bank note, it’s all over this website, and in most science textbooks. But where exactly did these images that we know so well come from?   The archives of the Darwin Correspondence … 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

5000 letter images go online

We are collaborating with the Cambridge Digital Library to publish images of 1200 letters exchanged by Darwin with his closest friend, Joseph Dalton Hooker – more than 5000 images in total.  This is the single largest publication of images of … Continue reading