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Darwin Correspondence Project

Learning Resources: Ages 11-14

Darwin and Religion

When Darwin published On the Origin of Species, was there a clear cut division between those who supported science and those who supported God? Find out how Darwin’s letters reveal a complex reaction from all sides and a desire from Darwin to keep his views on religion to himself.

Doing Darwin’s Experiments

Darwin’s curiosity for the natural world meant he carried out experiments throughout his life. Try out his experiments in the class room and compare your results with his findings.

How dangerous was Darwin?

Discover Darwin’s dilemma and the background leading to the publication of a book that altered the course of scientific thinking. What was the impact of Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species? How were his ideas received in the popular press?

Offer of a lifetime

When Charles Darwin was 22 he was offered an exciting opportunity to join a sea voyage that would take him around the world. The journey would change Darwin’s life and the course of science - but he nearly didn’t go at all!

Darwin and slavery

Darwin was horrified by his encounters with slavery whilst on the Beagle voyage. Learn about the transatlantic slave trade through the context of his experiences.

Beagle Voyage

In 1831, aged 22, Charles Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle for a voyage that would change his life and the way that we understand the world. Find out about the adventures that he had during his five years abroad.

Darwin’s scientific women

Darwin exchanged letters with women who were botanists, travellers, observers, writers, and naturalists. Find out about their lives and how they contributed to his research.