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Join staff from the Whipple Museum and Cambridge University Library for this hands-on session exploring how to collect and observe plants just like Darwin and his friends Arnold and Carolina Dodel-Port.  Children will get the chance to use microscopes at the University Library and learn about the structure of a plant. Part of Summer at the Museums.

Important information:

  • These workshops are suitable for ages 5+ but younger siblings are welcome to come along
  • Two sessions available: Wednesday 10 August and Wednesday 17 August 2022.  Each session is limited to 40 participants.
  • Tickets are free and available here.
  • Please get in touch if you have any questions about this event by emailing Lindsey Jonesman

This event is being hosted as part of Cambridge University Libraries' exhibition, Darwin in Conversation. Charles Darwin’s name is so famous, still so constantly invoked in debates on evolution, society, and religion, that the man himself is easily overlooked.

Darwin’s letters sit alongside his famous publications, providing a more rounded, personal view of Darwin. A prolific correspondent, he wrote and received over 15,000 letters in his lifetime. Cambridge University Library’s upcoming exhibition uses this correspondence to uncover little-known aspects of Darwin’s life

The exhibition is free, and open 9am-6.30pm Monday-Friday and 9am-4.30pm Saturdays. These workshops are being held immediately next to our exhibition space, so you are welcome to enjoy Darwin in Conversation before or after your workshop.

Venue: Hosted in-person, the Milstein Seminar Rooms at Cambridge University Library (click here for directions)

Registration: Required - BOOK TICKETS. If the session you wish to attend is fully booked, you can email to be added to our waiting list.

Accessibility: Step-free access with slight gradient; narrowest point into the building is 82.5cm; accessible toilet; baby changing facilities; accessible parking

Date: Wednesday 17 August 2022