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EDUCATION

There is a universal value in Darwin's work and ways of working , Darwin formulated his great ideas and theories over the many years he lived in Downe.

Darwin's ideas were inspired by his travels, by extensive reading and by interaction with other scientists. His ideas were then developed through his observations of plant and animal species around Downe.

The area was Darwin's laboratory. Here he observed the natural world over long periods of time. He worked in the countryside and he worked inside Down House, in his study and in other rooms, even using the family drawing room. He synthesized his observations into an understanding of the mechanisms and life processes of plants and animals.

He noted their distribution, their interactions and their diversity. His observations provided much of the evidence for his globally relevant theories.

Darwin's spirit of enquiry and the significance of what Darwin achieved, can be captured by students and public alike. We can all be inspired to adopt a similar questioning approach to the natural world wherever we live.

Darwin's Landscape Laboratory encourages a greater understanding. The life processes Darwin studied are important and contribute to the continuing health of our planet.

Our mission is to use the natural and built landscape of the Darwin Landscape Laboratory to develop knowledge and understanding of Darwin's insights into natural life and their universal significance.