30th Jan Outing to the Darwin Exhibition & Talk at the Natural History Museum

From: Gerard
Sent on: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 2:33 PM
"Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work worthy the interposition of a deity. More humble and I believe truer to consider him created from animals."
- Charles Darwin, 1838.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin?s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book 'The Origin of Species', the Central London Humanist Group is pleased to announce an outing to the ?Darwin Big Idea? exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

On Friday 30th January the exhibition is open until 22.30 and there is a special event entitled "Discussing Darwin: His 'sacred cause' " taking place between 18.30 - 20.30 in the museum restaurant.

The plan is therefore to meet at 18.00 in the museum foyer, listen to the talk until 20.30, then to visit the exhibition until 22.30.

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Please note that since arranging this meetup we have found out from the museum that tickets for the talk are selling out very quickly indeed. We have therefore block-booked 10 tickets for our members, 7 of which are left. Please email Gerard at [address removed] if you would like one of these tickets (for talk & exhibition) at the reduced rate of ?14 for both.

Prebooked tickets will be sold on a "first come, first served" basis for those with cash.

Alternatively, please book directly with the museum online as soon as possible in order to guarantee your place.

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?6 for all

BOOK HERE: www.nhmshop.co.uk/tickets/discussing-darwin/events-listing.html

(The product in your shopping basket should be entitled ?Discussing Darwin, Single Admission,18:30PM, 30 January 2009?)


?9 adults/ ?4.50 children/ ?24 families (2 adults, 2 children)/ ?6 concessions.
Free to members, patrons, and children aged 3 and under.

There are time slots for entry to the exhibition every 15 minutes between 20.30 - 21.15pm. Please aim to book the 20.45 slot. However, in the event that this slot is unavailable, I suggest you book the 20.30 and leave the talk slightly early (it isn't essential we all go into the exhibition together).

BOOK HERE: www.nhmshop.co.uk/tickets/darwin-exhibition

(The product in your shopping basket should be entitled ?Darwin, <ticket type>, 20:45PM, 30 January 2009)

NB: Booking fee is ?1.50 per transaction, and the museum insists that you must carry out two separate transactions to purchase the two tickets.

I have spoken to the museum regarding venue capacity and as of the 5th Jan there were 8Humanist Group of Central London8 spaces already sold out of 100 seated. There will also be 30 standing tickets available to purchase on the day.


Of course, if you wish to come to just one part of the evening (perhaps you?ve already been to the exhibition or don?t fancy the talk) please do still book for one part and meet us there.

However, if you do buy a ticket to both the talk and the exhibition, the museum will give you a free drink voucher on the night!





Darwin is the biggest ever exhibition about Charles Darwin. It celebrates Darwin's ideas and their impact for his 200th birthday in 2009. Discover the man and the revolutionary theory that changed our understanding of the world. See incredible, revealing and rare exhibits, some on display for the first time.



Speakers: James Moore, Adrian Desmond

Why did Charles Darwin, a rich young man from a respectable family, go out of his way to develop the image of humans descended from apes when he knew it would outrage society? Why did he keep quiet about it for 30 years before publishing The Descent of Man in 1871? Could the greatest moral movement of his age, for the abolition of slavery, have helped inspire his common descent theory of human origins? Join us for a drink as we discuss the controversial thesis that there was a moral impetus behind Darwin's theory of evolution ? a brotherhood belief
that not just different races but all species are members of one family, with a shared ancient ancestor.


So come and join the CLHG in our celebration of the great man and his theory!

Any questions or queries please don?t hesitate to contact me at [address removed] or[masked]

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