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Devon and Exeter Institution, Cathedral Yard, Exeter EX1 1EZ
Devon and Cornwall branch

An illustrated talk by Douglas Herdson on the record of Charles Darwin's time in Devon

Most people know that Charles Darwin sailed around the world on board HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836. Some know that he sailed from Plymouth. But it is not so well known that when writing his autobiography some 45 years later he described the time he spent in Plymouth as “the two most miserable months of my life…”. Yet he did not appear so wretched in his writings at the time, so what was he doing whilst preparing for this epic voyage, and why would that make him so unhappy?

Douglas Herdson is a freelance fish and fisheries biologist and an expert on Charles Darwin. His talk will cover Darwin's times in the South West. The date of the meeting will be Darwin's 210th birthday, so there will be tea and cake afterwards.

This meeting is being hosted jointly by the RSB and Devon History Society (DHS).


This event costs £2.50 for RSB or DHS members, or £5 for non-members.


Advance booking is essential using the link at the top of the page.


For any event enquiries please contact Dr Ian Varndell at or on 07769 335506.
For any booking or website queries contact Ellie at or on 020 7685 2576.


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