An exhibition of material from UCL Library Services Special Collections,
September 2008 - April 2009. Opened by Professor Steve Jones,
Head of the UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution
& Environment, on 27 October 2008.
It has been 26 years since UCL Library Services last held an exhibition about Charles
Darwin, on that occasion marking 100 years since his death. The extensive catalogue
prepared by Richard Freeman was a rich source of information for this
new selection. The Darwin200 programme of events, marking the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and 150 years since the publication of On the origin of species, provided a fresh opportunity to showcase material held by UCL Library Services Special Collections, which in
clude the personal libraries and papers of Sir Francis Galton and Karl Pearson.
The items selected for this exhibition reflected Darwin's life, work and the influence of theories of inheritance and evolution on his contemporaries and successors, including eminent UCL people.