Wallace at The Dell

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We visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin

On 27th April, volunteers visited Down House in Kent, the home of Charles Darwin for 40 years.

It was at Down House that Darwin received the letter from Wallace which spurred him in to action to publish the research he had been working on for many years and is the address on the first edition of On the Origin of Species.

Volunteers were privileged to be taken up to the boardroom to see the portrait of Wallace which is not normally on display. It shows him in a jungle setting with a hut in the background.

There are a number of displays and exhibits devoted to the discovery of natural selection and the subsequent publication of On the Origin of Species.




Down House, the home of Charles Darwin.



You can e-mail: JohnMatthews@thurrock-history.org.uk if you would like to help with the project, or if you would like a copy of our booklet.