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Friends of Cambridge University Library can join us for an exclusive preview of our latest exhibition, Darwin in Conversation, on the day before the exhibition opens to the public.

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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. It reveals a global network, fuelled by letters, carrying knowledge and insight between the public, subject specialists, and some of the most famous names of 19th century science. Darwin’s ideas were forged through this correspondence.

Discover more about the exhibition here.

Location: Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library

Registration: No RSVP required

Date: Friday 8 July 2022