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Charles Darwin & the Voyage of the Beagle

James Taylor Thursday 22 March 2018

The venue for the lecture will as usual be CROSCOMBE VILLAGE HALL

The day will focus on the family and influences upon Charles Darwin and Captain Robert FitzRoy, the commander of HMS Beagle, and their participation in the celebrated voyage of 1831-36 which enabled Darwin to collect vital evidence for his ground-breaking publication “On the Origin of Species”. FitzRoy paid for two artists, Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens, to paint the people and places encountered, and these images underpin the sensational seafaring stories. 

James Taylor studied at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester and is a former curator of paintings, drawings and prints, and co-ordinator of various exhibitions and galleries, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He also  lectures and ship’s historian on board cruise ships. He has several publications to his name.


The day will start with coffee at 10:00am and the first lecture will begin at 10.30am.  Soup will be provided at lunchtime; you may wish to bring a picnic lunch.  The day will finish at approximately 3.30pm.


Please complete and send the slip shown under Documents, together with your cheque, made out to The Arts Society Mendip and a stamped addressed envelope (“DL” type measuring 22 x 11cm) to:

Gill Stobart, Church Farm, Church Lane, East Harptree, Bristol, BS40 6BD

Tel: 01761 221505