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Projects undertaken for the Darwin Bicentenary in 2008-9

Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) launched a new guide on Friday 20 November 2009 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London. Partners were the Charles Darwin Trust, Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) and the London Borough of Bromley. The guide seeks to encourage nature lovers to take an active part in observing and recording wildlife - just as Darwin did. A copy can be downloaded from the NBN website.

London Borough of Bromley: Discover Darwin

The London Borough of Bromley and the Charles Darwin Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund produced an education pack Discover Darwin for Key Stages 2 and 3. The pack was launched during National Science and Engineering Week in March 2010 and as part of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010. It provides teachers with lesson plans and resources based on Darwin's On the Origin of Species to encourage pupils' understanding of Darwin's important scientific ideas.
Cover of Discover Darwin education resource pack for Key Stage 2 - click to download the pdfCover of Discover Darwin education resource pack for Key Stage 3 - click to download the pdf


Rambert Dance Company: The Comedy of Change

The Charles Darwin Trust's Chairman Stephen Keynes contributed to the development of The Comedy of Change which is still playing to audiences throughout England. Rambert Dance Company's Celebration. Schools workshops were developed in partnership with the Teacher's Science Network and involved Rambert's Learning and Participation team working with scientists and science teachers to develop the content for the workshop programme. The Charles Darwin Trust provided training and Darwin inspiration.

The Natural History Museum: How Science Works

The Charles Darwin Trust partnered the Natural History Museum and the Science Learning Centre London in the Continuing Professional Development programme for secondary teachers How Science Works to coincide with the opening of the Darwin exhibition at the Museum in November 2008. The Trust opened the preview evening for teachers with a short talk, Darwin as an Inspiration for Learning

Darwin Explore! at Wigmore Hall

Marker along the Darwin Trail in Caledonian Park in Islington

Wigmore Hall Learning in collaboration with the Charles Darwin Trust delivered Darwin Inspired workshops in King Henry's Walk Garden Islington, London and music workshops in schools. These culminated in a one-hour interactive concert for children and their teachers at Wigmore Hall in November 2009. The concert was attended by 350 children from 10 local London primary schools.

First Darwin Trail in London

Working with The Garden Classroom and the London Borough of Islington's Parks and Open Spaces Department, the Charles Darwin Trust developed the Darwin Trail around Caledonian Park in Islington in 2010. The trail takes visitors around the park in a tangible engagement with the natural world around them and is the first Darwin trail in the UK with urban ecology at its core.