Charles Darwin (Natural History Museum)
Darwin 200 - The Events
The great 19th century naturalist Charles Darwin had many links with Staffordshire, which is why so many events, including the Darwin Festival at Maer, were held here in 2009, his 200th anniversary year. Check them out here
The scientist best known for his work ‘On The Origin of Species’, fell in love, married, and worked on some of his world-changing theories, right here in Staffordshire.
The year 2009 marked: the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin; the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, ‘On the Origin of Species’; and, as well, the 250th anniversary of the formation of the Wedgwood ceramics company.
Fittingly, the village of Maer in north Staffordshire, where Darwin got married, had most of the celebrations, having formed its own Darwin Festival…
See what happened in 2009 in Staffordshire by looking through the list below.
Darwin events in Staffordshire 2009
At St Peter’s in Maer, on Thursday 29th January at 2.30, where Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood married, the link between the Darwin and Wedgwood families is celebrated with a presentation of a Wedgwood plaque to commemorate the historic occasion.
Two days later, on Saturday 31st January, at Maer Village Hall, a dramatised production of the letters written between Charles and Emma, throughout their long marriage is being performed, by actors Andrew Bannerman and Rosie Byrd.
On Charles Darwin Day - Thursday 12th February 2009 – entrance to Erasmus Darwin House ise free, between 12 and 5pm.
Darwin Led-Walks 2009
● At the Potteries Museum in Hanley, they marked the 'Darwin 200' anniversary with some small exhibits in the Natural History and Social History galleries. The exhibits will be up from 24th January 2009 – 26th April 2009.
● April 26: Charles Darwin Lecture & Lunch at Weston Park, nr Stafford (website: www.weston-park.com)
● May 1: 250th Anniversary of the Wedgwood Pottery Company, and its founding at the Ivy House Works in Burslem in 1759
● May 9th – Darwin Festival at Maer, Artists’ Day
Maer Hall Gardens Open Days - including access to the original "Darwin Sandwalk" and a Guided "Historical Walk" - from 2pm to 5.30pm
● Sunday 31st May 2009 - Open Garden at Camp Hill House
Victorian Fair at Maer
● On June 14, at 4pm, at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, a dramatised production of the letters written between Charles and Emma, throughout their long marriage is being performed, by actors Andrew Bannerman and Rosie Byrd.
● June 19: Lunchtime Talk – ‘Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin & James Bateman’ – at Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffs Moorlands (Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/)
● June 19: Field Meeting 'In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin in Shropshire, Staffordshire & North Wales'. The emphasis will be on Darwin's work as a geologist. Three nights at Keele University and two in Llanberis: £270 a head. To register please visit The Geologists’ Association at: www.geologists.org.uk/events_fieldtrips.html
... By the way... there are two promotional items to accompany the Maer Darwin Festival.
● Sunday 15th November: All-Day Symposium - The Marriage of Science & Industry (The Wedgwoods and the Darwins), at the Wedgwood Museum
● November 21: Charles Darwin Day at Keele University - an interactive day in association with the Maer Festival
A publication will be available on the day including original poems by former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, Ian McMillan and Polly Clark.
The event, which will take place on Saturday, November 21, will cost £12 per person or £6 for concessions (students/OAPS/unwaged). For more information contact email@example.com or 01782 734169 or see http://www.keele.ac.uk
● November 24: The 150th Anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.
last updated: 23/11/2009 at 11:27