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PUBLISHED: 14:37 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:27 12 August 2010

A PROJECT celebrating the life of the world s most important evolutionist, Charles Darwin, has been given a £227,500 lottery grant. The Discovering Darwin project was given money from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to coincide with next year s 200th ann

A PROJECT celebrating the life of the world's most important evolutionist, Charles Darwin, has been given a £227,500 lottery grant.

The Discovering Darwin project was given money from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to coincide with next year's 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work On the Origin of Species.

It comes weeks after a second application was made to make the 7km-sq area around Down House in Downe where the scientist lived a World Heritage Site.

The project will begin with the appointment of an outreach officer before the end of the year to lead the project.

It will feature 30 public events including a Darwin Festival and 20 walks and talks in collaboration with scientists from the Natural History Museum.

Leader of Bromley council, Stephen Carr, said: "Darwin's theories and work are known throughout the world and have shaped our understanding of the environment. Downe was at the heart of this work. The funding will enable the Darwin story to literally come alive for school children so they can gain an insight into his theories."

The overall focus of the project will be Darwin's life and family, his work, ideas and theories and his environment.

A website will be developed to enable 'virtual tours' of the area along with a programme of 45 activities for schools and community groups and workshops for volunteers who will be able to act as trail guides.

A schools' work pack will be designed along with six 'Darwin Days' for primary and secondary schools and for the University of Greenwich.

Improvements will also be made to existing signs around Downe and six portable displays created for use at various sites associated with his work.

Bromley council's World Heritage bid manager, Alister Hayes, said: "We are delighted that the support of the HLF will enable people to cherish Darwin's work in the borough. The story is of enormous interest and value. We are eager to share it, particularly with children, as they will inherit responsibility for the future of their local and global environment.

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