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Join us in the Milstein Exhibition Centre for a guided tour of our current exhibition, Darwin in Conversation. Tours last 30 minutes with time for questions.

Charles Darwin wrote and received over 15,000 letters in his lifetime. Darwin in Conversation uses his correspondence to uncover little-known aspects of Darwin’s life. Discover Darwin’s 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. This is the rarest of chances to be with Darwin as he actually was, in his own words, with his own letters, and not as others would have him.

The exhibition marks the completion of the Darwin Correspondence Project, an exceptional 40-year endeavour to publish all of Darwin’s correspondence. 

Your tour ticket will also allow you to visit Off the Page, a new photographic commission from Leonora Saunders. This portrait exhibition reimagines those connected with Darwin but who were rarely seen. This exhibition is located inside the main library – please show your ticket to the front desk before or after your tour. Bags must be placed in our locker-room before entering the main library.

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Location: These in-person tours will take place in the Milstein Exhibition Centre at Cambridge University Library. Click here for directions. On arrival, please make your way up the main steps and into the Entrance Hall and follow the signs to the Exhibition Centre to the right. 

Registration: Space on the tours are limited and booking is essential - BOOK HERE. Babes in arms welcome but do not require a ticket. Tours are free (donations welcome) and suitable for all ages.

Accessibility: Our exhibition is wheelchair-friendly. Accessible parking, alternative step-free access and accessible toilets are available. Please let us know in advance if you have any access requirements by emailing

Date: Friday 19 August 2022