Darwin in Plymouth

During the evening of Monday 24 October 1831, following “a pleasant drive from London”, Charles Darwin arrived in Devonport, where HMS Beagle was being prepared for a voyage around the world, primarily to survey the coast of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in South America. Captain Robert FitzRoy commanded the Beagle, and Darwin, then justContinue reading “Darwin in Plymouth”

Questions Enough for a Career: Charles Darwin sets out on the Beagle voyage

Emma Darwin Twitter Facebook BlogEmma was due to give a talk on this topic at Plymouth Athenaeum during Plymouth History Festival – find out more about their history on their website As a writer, one of my basic professional skills is to imagine my way into other people’s heads – sometimes real, sometimes imaginary. AndContinue reading “Questions Enough for a Career: Charles Darwin sets out on the Beagle voyage”

Voyage of the Beagle: A Few Facts

During the five-year Beagle expedition, Darwin shipped home 1,529 species preserved in spirit and 3,907 labelled skins, bones and other dried specimens. In 1833, Darwin inadvertently ate a new bird species for Christmas dinner on the Beagle. When he realised, the leftovers were immediately preserved and sent home. They were later named after Darwin asContinue reading “Voyage of the Beagle: A Few Facts”

Charles Darwin: An Introduction

Although he didn’t come from Plymouth, the famous naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) will always be linked with this city. He was born on 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury; the second youngest of six children. His father Dr. R. W. Darwin was a medical doctor. His grandfather Dr. Erasmus Darwin was a renowned botanist. AsContinue reading “Charles Darwin: An Introduction”