Children playing in Darwin's garden at Down House.

Hands on History

Join us at Down House, the Home of Charles Darwin, this summer and get hands on with history. With a different activity every week there is something to keep the little ones busy until the new term.

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  • Emma Darwin reading to a child in the bedroom at Down House.

    Meet the Darwins

    Tue 24 - Sat 28 Jul 2018 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

    Join Charles and Emma Darwin and find out about their life in Victorian England.

  • Fantastic fossils.

    Fantastic Fossils

    Tue 31 Jul - Sat 4 Aug 2018 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

    Join us during National Archaeology Week and uncover the secrets and importance of archaeology - what facts will you dig up?

  • A mother and daughter exploring the globe at the Victorian Voyages event.

    Victorian Voyages

    Tue 7 - Sat 11 Aug 2018 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

    Set sail on a nautical adventure as you learn the ropes of seafaring, 1800s style.

  • Two children exploring Darwin's greenhouse in the garden at Down House.

    Darwin's Garden

    Tue 14 - Sat 18 Aug 2018 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

    Replicate some of Darwin's more gruesome experiments at Down House this summer!

  • Five children playing in the garden outside the home of Charles Darwin.

    Growing up at Down

    Tue 21 - Sat 25 Aug 2018 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

    Join Darwin's daughter Etty Darwin for some good old fashion fun.

  • Two butlers teaching a young aspiring butler the ettiquette required in an English country house.

    Butler School

    Tue 28 Aug - Sat 1 Sept 2018 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

    Step back in time and learn what it takes to be a butler in a Victorian house from the Darwin's own Joseph Parslow.

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