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Detecting Darwin

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Who was Charles Darwin? What is he famous for? Why is he still important?

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  • … Pupils act as Darwin detectives, exploring clues about Darwin’s life and work. No prior knowledge …

Beagle Voyage

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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.

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  • … Using a range of primary sources, including letters diary entries and contemporary images, the …

Darwin’s scientific women

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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.

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  • … Darwin’s letters shed light on the lives of some otherwise little-known women and reveal how much …

How dangerous was Darwin?

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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?

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  • … Pupils explore the events that led to the publication of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ and …

Darwin and slavery

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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.

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  • … Darwin believed that the enslavement of people was barbaric and, like the rest of his family, …