Monthly Archives: October 2010

Talking to Teachers

Armed with homemade cakes and a dictaphone, the project has been heading out to meet with secondary school teachers to discuss opportunities for making use of Darwin’s correspondence in the classroom. This first stage of an ongoing consultation process has already generated … Continue reading

The Reluctant Bride Groom?

In April 1838, on the back of a letter he’d received earlier in the month, Charles Darwin scribbled down the pros and cons of becoming a married man . As an ambitious young Naturalist who had travelled the world on The Beagle … Continue reading

Women and peahens: Darwin on sexual selection

What’s the difference between a woman and a peahen?   Seems a silly (if not insulting) question.  But in Descent of Man Darwin proposed a theory which, uncharacteristically, set women decisively apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.   According to … Continue reading

Female Censorship?

Editors. All good writers need them, and Darwin was no exception. Although many members of the Darwin family helped refine his manuscripts, it was his daughter Henrietta on whom Darwin arguably relied the most, particularly during the 1860s when he edited the Descent … Continue reading