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DISCOVER DARWIN PROJECT
   

DISCOVER DARWIN PROJECT

A program of outreach activities, education and training has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to link local communities and the residents of Bromley with the importance of their local heritage and legacy of Darwin's science.

Following on from the Heritage Lottery funded project 'Exploring in Darwin's Footsteps' we have secured a further grant for the new project ‘Discover Darwin’s Origins at Downe’ which is focused on celebrating the work Darwin carried out in the surrounding landscape around his home at Downe.

The Discover Darwin Project includes public events and activities including Darwin Festivals, skills and heritage training days and walks and talks in collaboration with expert scientists.

A schools education resource pack has been produced and ‘Darwin Days’ created for local primary and secondary schools. A programme of activities and outreach is taking place for local schools and community groups and workshops run for local volunteers.

Below are some of the exciting events and activities that have been funded through the Discover Darwin Project so far.  

Contact: alister.hayes@bromley.gov.uk

Darwin's Tree of Life Mural


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Students from Bickley Park School joined together to learn about Darwin's important scientific work in the local area.
Student, teachers and even parents joined together to create a mosaic mural to represent Darwin's Tree of Life. The Mural is now proudly displayed on the outside of the school buildings where students and parents can be reminded of Bromley's most famous resident.

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Biodiversity Bingo in Darwin's Meadows


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Local Cub Scout Packs from Beckenham District groups, in the London Borough of Bromley, joined students from The University of Greenwich to celebrate The International Day of Biodiversity. They had the opportunity to carry out wildlife surveying in the Great Pucklands Meadow at The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, just as Darwin did for the first time in 1855. They investigated natural life around Darwin's grounds and learnt about the importance of these species by taking part in Biodiversity Bingo! competing in teams to find the most species.

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What Mr Darwin Saw - Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom


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Local children's reading groups came together to take part in an exciting Workshop by the authors and illustrators of the book 'What Mr Darwin Saw'. The participants learnt about the travels of Bromley's famous resident Charles Darwin, and joined in with illustrating the book as Darwin travelled around the world discovering new species.
The event was held at Orpington and Bromley Central Libraries.

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Darwin - A Life In Poems - Ruth Padel


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Ruth Padel, poet and Charles Darwin's great, great granddaughter, visited and spoke at Orpington library, as part of the Discover Darwin project funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, linking the local community with the life and work of Bromley's famous resident, Charles Darwin.

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Darwin Intergenerational Music Project

Participants from Marjorie McClure School and Elmwood Residential Home with a group of professional musicians, joined together in a series of exciting music workshops to explore the life of Darwin through music and write a series of songs that represent his life and work.
This film clip shows some of the workshops, music and the collaboration process.

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Girlguides Fly the Flag for Darwin


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Girlguides from all over London participated in a centenary event at Crystal Palace Park where one of the main activities was to learn about Darwin's science in the local area and design and make screen printed flags representing Darwins work. Guides learnt about the importance of the area for Darwin's science, and his connections with Crystal Palace Park.

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Rambert dances for Darwin


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The Discover Darwin Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the London Borough of Bromley provided an exciting opportunity for six Bromley schools to work alongside Rambert Dance Company; Britain's premier contemporary dance company.

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Creative Bromley

A competition was held for all ages to celebrate Bromley's heritage of Darwin through Art and Poetry. Fantastic entries were received from many participants and all entries were displayed at The Ripley Arts Centre in Bromley. An awards ceremony celebrated the competition winners and showcased the imagination and creativity of all participants.

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Beginning with Blobs

Bromley Museum hosted fun summer workshops making evolution fun through clay, dance and music delivered by Kazzum Theatre. These workshops fed into a larger performance that was performed at many venues throughout the UK including our local Bromley Central Library.

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Following in Darwin's Footsteps

Local scout groups followed in Darwin's footsteps and learnt about Darwin's work and observations in the local area whilst on camping weekends in Downe. They learnt insect ID skills as part of their Darwin naturalist badges and created models of insects found using natural materials.

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Darwin Day

4 Bromley schools joined together to celebrate Darwin's Birthday through music, art, drama and science. 6th formers from Newstead Wood and Charles Darwin schools led workshops for younger students from Cudham and Downe Primary schools. They were joined by a costumed Darwin actor and Randal Keynes, Darwin's great great grandson.

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