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13 March 2009

Celebrating 175 years of natural history study - preview

In the bicentenary year of Charles Darwin’s birth, Jonathan Taylor – head of Bootham School, York – notes another anniversary: the longest continuously running science society of any school in the country (and probably the world!)

12 February 2009 marked the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and 150 years since he published On the Origin of Species
  • The first full meeting of Bootham’s Natural History Society was ‘in the schoolroom in Lawrence Street on Fifth day, the fourteenth of Eighth Month 1834’ (the method of dating is the Quaker way, eschewing names of the days and months derived from pagan deities)
  • Charles Darwin was at that very time on shore from HMS Beagle in Valparaiso, Chile


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    Jonathan Taylor

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