Saturday, 4 April 2009

RSA Annual Dinner Christ's College Cambridge


I am Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts East of England http://www.thersa.org/. We held our annual dinner last night in the atmospheric setting of Christ's College, Cambridge http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/. Christ's is at the heart of the Darwin 200 celebrations. Charles Darwin was a student at the college in the late 1820s. We were shown a magnificent collection of Darwin memorabilia in the old Library and visited his old room which has been decorated and furnished in the style of the 1820s. The candlelit dinner in the Hall was followed by a talk from Dr David Norman, a fellow of Christ's who is also Director of the Sedgwick Museum http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/ - home of Darwin's rocks collected on the Beagle voyage. David covered Darwin's influences in Cambridge before talking about his own expedition to the Galapagos Islands and the new Charles Darwin and Galapagos Islands Fund, which is intended to promote scholarship linked to present-day aspects of Darwin's original work.