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Celebrate Charles Darwin in His Hometown with Leonis Estates!


Original Shrewsbury have put on a number of events in the town to celebrate Charles Darwin. See below for some highlight or click here for the full schedule!


a-KIN Exhibition 7-13th Feb - FREE ADMISSION

The Unitarian Church, High St

A 'live' exhibition of sculpture, drawing, textile, & video, curated by Participate Contemporary Artspace, challenging the competitive aspect of Darwin's theories of natural selection. Our theme is ‘kinship’ within & among species - their interdependence & diversity, with a focus on often overlooked plant life. We celebrate their ingenuity in ensuring their survival and if we support them, ultimately that of our planet.


Darwin In Shrewsbury - The Making of a Marvellous Mind

7th Feb - 7-9pm

The Unitarian Church, High St

Was it nature or nurture that created a world-class scientist? This illustrated talk by the founder of the Darwin Festival reflects on Darwin's radical grandparents, his early upbringing and education, the dramatic landscape of Shropshire and the influence of the Unitarian movement. All of which combined to make the ideal candidate for Naturalist on the Voyage of the Beagle.


Darwins Life With Nigel Hinton

8th Feb - 12 -1.30pm

Shrewsbury Library

An engaging talk about the life and times of Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

Brought to you by Shrewsbury Library. Call 01743 255308 and book with a member of Library staff or email shrewsbury.library@shropshire.gov.uk.


Darwin Storytime

9th Feb 10.15-11.15am

Shrewsbury Library

A storytime session with stories featuring Charles Darwin, scientists, and tortoises!

Brought to you by Shrewsbury Library. Call 01743 255308 and book with a member of Library staff or email shrewsbury.library@shropshire.gov.uk.


Guided Visit to See Shrewsbury School's Charles Darwin Collection

9th Feb 10.30-1pm

The Ancient Library, Shrewsbury School

Discover Darwin's letters, school books and publications in a rare chance to step behind the scenes at Shrewsbury School.10.30am to 1pm - three 45 min slots

15 people per tour

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Darwin & HMS Beagle - An Adventure of a Lifetime

10th Feb 7-8.30pm

Bear Steps Hall, 2 St Alkmunds Square

In 1831, Darwin joined a voyage that he later referred to “as by far the most important event in my life". To celebrate his birthday in his home town of Shrewsbury Civic Society plan to host Bibbs Cameron giving a talk on how Darwin's Five Year Adventure on The Beagle changed the way we looked at life. Learn about life on board, his adventures, his scientific friends, including Henslow his Mentor.

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Darwin, Evolution & The West Midlands

11th Feb7.30-8.30pm

Shrewsbury School

Darwin’s theory of Evolution by Natural Selection is the most important tool used by modern Biologist, but despite its simplicity, it is often misunderstood. This talk presents a historical perspective to the development of Darwin’s ideas and highlights some of his local influences from around the West Midlands.

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Shrewsbury Library Tour

12th Feb 11-12pm

Shrewsbury Library

As part of the 2022 Darwin festival, join us on a fascinating tour of this Grade I listed building which dates back to the 15th century. Formerly Shrewsbury School, attended by Charles Darwin in 1818, and home to Shrewsbury’s Public Library for 135 years.

Brought to you by Shrewsbury Library.

Call 01743 255308 and book with a member of Library staff or email shrewsbury.library@shropshire.gov.uk.


Charles Darwins Birthday Party

12th Feb 2.30-4.30pm

Mount House, The Mount

The Darwin Birthplace Trust invites you to celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday at a Festive Tea Party in the home where he was born and grew up.

As the building is currently under renovation, you will have the opportunity to see first-hand the work being done to bring the Darwins’ family home back to life.

Afternoon tea will be served in the Drawing Room, where young Charles would have taken tea with his family.

A visual presentation of his early life in Shrewsbury will be on display, and you also will be able to view the upstairs room in which he was born.

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Darwins Bees Pottery Workshop

12th Feb 3-4.30pm

The Hive, Belmont

Darwin was fascinated by bees and how they engineered their honeycombs. Join us in this Pottery workshop, to engineer your own honeycomb tile accompanied by a glazed bee. We’ll let you know when your bee tile has been fired in the kiln and ready to collect from us at The Hive.

4 - 14 years.

£10 Child / £8 Sibling

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Guided Tours of Darwin's Childhood Garden

13th Feb 10-3.30pm

Meet at Frankwell Car Park

This fragment of the Darwin family garden was bought by Shropshire Wildlife Trust in 2013 and is the only remaining part of the formerly extensive grounds attached to The Mount, Charles Darwin's birthplace. Located above the River Severn the site includes the thinking path, which provided a daily route for walking and reflection. Join John Hughes for a tour of the site and the surrounding area to learn more about how the garden and Shrewsbury would have influenced young Charles Darwin. Please note that the site is extremely steep with uneven steps - therefore it is unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

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Darwin Memorial Lecture - Social Evolution in Darwin's World

13th Feb 2.30-4pm

Theatre Severn

Robin Dunbar is a Fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Oxford. He has been actively researching this field since the 1970s. Friends, his most recent book was published in 2021. The lecture will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Organised by Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, in partnership with University Centre Shrewsbury.

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