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Natural Selection: The life and literature of Charles Darwin

16 Jul 2009

Christie Gallery, John Rylands Library, Deansgate: 16 July to 29 November

Charles Darwin is arguably one of the greatest scientists of all time, and this year marks a double Darwin anniversary – the bicentennial of his birth in 1809 and 150 years since the publication of his most famous work, On the Origin of Species, in 1859.

A Natural Selection is an exploration of Darwin’s life and published works. Some of the highlights are the beautifully illustrated plates of Darwin’s Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, important first editions of Darwin’s major works including On the Origin of Species, examples of Darwin’s correspondence with eminent chemist Edward Frankland (1825–1899) and a number of specimens related to Darwin's Beagle voyage which have been kindly loaned by The Manchester Museum.

A taster of events associated with the exhibition...

Family Friendly Darwin Days
Saturday 11 July & Wednesday 19 August
Throughout the day from 11am to 4pm

Join us to explore the life and work of Charles Darwin through a range of family fun activities – creative writing, drama, arts and crafts. Drop in for a while, or stay for the whole day!

A Natural Selection – the evolution of an exhibition
Tour and collection close-up
Thursday 13 August & Saturday 19 September

Take this opportunity to hear more about the objects on display, discuss the themes of the exhibition with the curator and take a closer look at related material from our collections.

Tickets £2.50, available from:

For full details of exhibition events, please see:

and follow the link to What's On – Summer 09