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Image of insectivorous plant

Did you know Charles Darwin was fascinated by plants that can eat insects? Come along to this hands-on session to join staff from the Botanic Garden and Cambridge University Library to get up close with some of these amazing plants. We’ll be finding out the secrets of how these plants catch their prey, working out what they’ve had for their dinner as well as doing a craft activity where you can make your own model plant to take home with you. Part of Summer at the Museums.

Important information:

  • These workshops are suitable for ages 5+ but younger siblings are welcome to come along
  • 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: Tuesday 9 August 2022