MIDLAND: Charles Darwin's Home Nominated as World Heritage Site

The Birmingham Post (England), January 13, 2006 | Go to article overview

MIDLAND: Charles Darwin's Home Nominated as World Heritage Site


The home where Charles Darwin developed his revolutionary theory of evolution is to be the UK's 2006 nomination for becoming a World Heritage Site, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said yesterday.

Down House at Downe, in the London Borough of Bromley, became not only Darwin's home for 40 years but also the base for his now historic scientific investigations.

The property, now known as Darwin at Downe, also includes Darwin's experimental garden, where as part of his work he developed and demonstrated his theory of evolution through the study of plants and animals in natural settings and under human management.

Announcing the nomination, Ms Jowell said: "I am delighted that the UK is nominating Darwin at Downe, Charles Darwin's home and surrounding landscape, as a World Heritage Site. Darwin was one of the greatest scientists of the modern age and his contribution to our understanding of the natural world is unrivalled.

"World Heritage Sites are usually associated with cultural landmarks like the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge or outstanding natural landscapes like the Grand Canyon National Park.

"But it is also essential to acknowledge scientific endeavour and discovery, which are both key components in our understanding of environmental conservation. …

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