Shrewsbury School

Darwin Festival Exhibition at Shrewsbury School

Friday 14 February 2020

We were delighted to give members of the public special guided tours of our wonderful treasure trove of Charles Darwin’s books, letters and artefacts this week as part of the town’s DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival 2020.

School Archivist Robin Brooke-Smith and Assistant Archivist Naomi Nicholas had put together a splendid exhibition of the School’s ‘Darwiniana’ in the Moser Gallery, and had also linked up with the Biology Faculty to include in the display some of the intriguing exhibits from the School’s Biology Museum.

Visitors were also welcomed into the Taylor (Ancient) Library, founded in 1606, which houses the School’s extensive and important collection of medieval manuscripts and historic tomes.

Tickets for the Darwin tours (which took place on Darwin’s birthday, 12th February) were snapped up within just a few days of them being advertised. This short video gives a flavour of some of the treasures on display and captures some of the excitement and enthusiasm of the visitors:


The exhibition will remain on display in the Moser Gallery until at least the end of the Lent Term.

For a full programme of the extensive series of DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival events taking place across the town, please visit

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