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We make the ordinary extraordinary for students and teachers.

The Charles Darwin Trust uses the intellectual and cultural heritage of Darwin, through his approach to science and his work at Down House and in the immediate countryside, to inspire a deeper understanding of the natural world.

Engaging Year 6 and Year 8 students in collecting and studying worm castsWe aim to:
  • promote a real understanding of the natural world to ensure that biodiversity and life on earth survive
  • improve and extend science literacy and the understanding of science
  • use Darwin Inspired teaching and learning to promote excellence in science education
  • enhance the understanding of Darwin’s historical and contemporary significance.
We achieve this through research and development of Darwin Inspired education materials, and through developing programmes for teachers and schools. These programmes are delivered through collaboration with major organisations and at Down House.
We aspire to improve public access on the web to the whole Darwin heritage. We are playing a leading role, with English Heritage and the Natural History Museum, in developing proposals for collaboration between all the main holders of Darwin material.

Who We Are

The Trust was set up by members of the Darwin family concerned that  Down House and Charles Darwin’s work be available as an inspiration for learning about science and  the natural world. Members of the family have supported our work ever since, especially by the donation of heirlooms, books, manuscripts, and other artefacts which deepen our offer beyond that available from other organisations.