Exact replica of Charles Darwins HMS Beagle cabin goes on show

February 10th, 2009 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 10 (ANI): As part of a one-million pound exhibition staged at Charles Darwin’’s home in Kent, an exact replica of his cabin aboard the HMS Beagle has been produced.

English Heritage has created the unusual display at Down House near Orpington to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth on February 12.

Darwin spent the last 40 years of his life there, writing On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871).

Some of the 43 surviving pages of his manuscript for Origin of Species are also on display, plus a rare first edition of the work.

“He is really better known for his time in the Galapagos but this is where he spent 40 years of his life,” the Telegraph quoted his great-great-granddaughter Sarah Darwin, a biologist at the Natural History Museum, as saying.

The English Heritage exhibition opens on Friday 13. (ANI)

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