Exhibition: Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Scientist, The Manchester Museum, Manchester, October 3 2009-August 30 2010
An innovative exhibition at The Manchester Museum is set to dramatise the life story of Darwin. Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Scientist will combine graphic novel style illustrations with key artefacts collected by the naturalist over the course of his career.
Graphic novel drawings illustrate the life of Darwin. © Chrissie Morgan
The artwork re-imagines moments from the scientist's boyhood and student days, his voyage aboard The Beagle and his controversial success following publication of his radical theories. It has been produced by artist Chrissie Morgan in collaboration with Darwin experts at The University of Manchester.
© Chrissie Morgan
Also showing are letters written at sea, as well as moss collected on Tierra del Fuego, corals from the Indian Ocean and a finch from the Galapagos Islands. Darwin used a pocket sextant for navigation, and this too is exhibited. Visitors can also meet pigeons from the collection of the famous part-time pigeon fancier.
Letters written by Darwin at sea feature. © The Manchester Museum
"Charles Darwin is most familiar to us as an old man with a long flowing beard," says Curator of Zoology Henry McGhie. "We wanted to communicate more about Darwin as a person."
The imaginative show will be in Manchester for more than a year. © The Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum has a number of links to the story of evolution, not least thanks to founder Thomas Huxley, the Victorian scientist often called Darwin's Bulldog.
Evolution of a Scientist is the highlight of a year-long Darwin extravaganza, planned to mark the 150th anniversary of publication of The Origin of the Species.