My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts. Charles Darwin

What is Darwin Inspired?

...Darwin stories, Darwin's great ideas and Darwin's ways of working and thinking are inspiring for anyone learning about the natural world.

Darwin's example can promote a deep understanding and excitement about our environment, the way it works and how we affect it.

The Charles Dawin Trust, and partners, have taken Charles Darwin, the person, scientist and Victorian gentleman, his house, gardens and countryside at Downe as an inspiration for teaching and learning about Natural History.

What we do

Video PlayerWe take Darwin's life story and help students and teachers see and learn through their own experience of the world.

We publish books and other resources to enable this learning, including the newly-published Darwin Inspired Learning click here for flyer and order form.

This interesting book imaginatively connects Charles Darwin the scientist with new approaches to science education.  It shows what can be learnt from Darwin about doing science – his outstanding experimental skills, his ability to observe the natural world acutely, and his ability to synthesise information and produce general laws.  The book connects these ways of doing science with teaching today, placing particular emphasis on studying the roles that the outdoor living world and natural history can play.  Exposing pupils to this thinking and encouraging them to ‘read’ nature and by doing so to participate in real science, provides new and exciting dimensions to the teaching of science in schools.  This unusual book sets out an important agenda, making use of the natural living world in ways inspired by Darwin’s genius, to stimulate science education at all stages of a young person’s school experience.

Professor Paul Nurse
President of the Royal Society


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