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Darwin ancestor’s talk to give insight into film

PUBLISHED: 16:44 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 16 August 2010

THE great-great grandson of Charles Darwin is due to give a talk about his book which forms the basis of a new film. In an old family chest of drawers, Randal Keynes discovered a child s writing case that belonged to Annie, Charles and Emma Darwin s dau

THE great-great grandson of Charles Darwin is due to give a talk about his book which forms the basis of a new film.

In an old family chest of drawers, Randal Keynes discovered a child's writing case that belonged to Annie, Charles and Emma Darwin's daughter, who died at the age of 10 and contained mementos collected and kept by her parents after her death.

The discovery of the box, which included previously unpublished letters and notes made by Darwin recording the progress of Annie's illness, was the inspiration to write his book, Annie's Box.

The book led to the film, Creation, which was released in cinemas last Friday.

Mr Keynes will be discussing his work from 1pm at Down House in Downe this Saturday.

Visitors will be able find out about the production of the film, which the author was closely involved with and this will be followed by a chance to meet and chat to him during a book signing session in the afternoon.

Normal admission prices apply - Adults £8.80, concessions £7.50, children £4.40, family ticket £22. English Heritage Members free.

There is no additional charge to attend the talk, but places will be offered on a first come first served basis due to room capacity at the house.


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