Darwin 2009

A Festival

Cambridge, 6–10 July 2009

2009 sees the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work ‘On the origin of Species’.

You are warmly invited to attend a celebration to mark these two anniversaries.

Who is the Festival for?

The Festival is aimed at a broad audience. We should like to attract members of the public, school students (16+), undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and other professionals as well as academics and specialists.

What we are offering?

A festival of the science, society, literature, history, philosophy, theology, art and music arising from the work, writings, life and times of Charles Darwin.

How we shall do it?

Leading figures in science and the arts will come face to face with each other and the public. There will be talks, discussions, performances, workshops, exhibitions and tours; some formal, others relaxed, all bound in a festival atmosphere in and around the historic city of Cambridge.

Why we are doing it?

To excite, enthuse and explore the past, present and future of the natural world. To cultivate a deeper interest and understanding in science and the arts.


Photograph of Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is to be Guest Speaker at the Festival Gala Dinner at Kings College on Thursday 9 July 2009.

Other speakers include Lord (Tony) Giddens, Dr. Matt Ridley, Professor Lord Krebs, Professor Steve Jones, Dame Gillian Beer, Lord (Robert) May, Richard Dawkins and Professor Dan Dennett.

About Darwin

Photograph of Charles Darwin.

Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) came to Christ’s College Cambridge as a student in 1827. He lived life to the full and through his love of natural sciences was chosen to be the gentleman naturalist on board HMS Beagle, setting sail on 27 December 1831.

The only evil at Cambridge was its being too pleasant’ Charles Darwin, letter to his cousin, March 1837


Photograph of flowering plant in greenhouse at Down House.

March 2007

Emma Wedgewood Darwin Diaries now online from March 2007.

Image of the flyer for Re: Design.

March 2007

World Premier of Re: Design, a dramatisation of Darwin’s Correspondence with Asa Gray, botanist and professor of natural history at Harvard.

Photograph of Professor Alison Richard, Cambridge University Vice Chancellor.

March 2007

Professor Alison Richard, Cambridge University Vice Chancellor will open the Darwin Festival at a Reception in the Botanic Garden on Sunday evening, 5 July 2009.