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PUBLISHED: 16:18 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

A NATIONWIDE programme of events called Darwin200, will celebrate Darwin s life throughout 2009, the 200th anniversary of his birth and 150 years since the publication of his

A NATIONWIDE programme of events called Darwin200, will celebrate Darwin's life throughout 2009, the 200th anniversary of his birth and 150 years since the publication of his great work On the Origin of Species.

Highlights include Down House's excellent new exhibition, opening tomorrow which features notebooks from Darwin's five-year Beagle expedition around the world, as well as his signed copy of Das Kapital, inscribed by Karl Marx.

At Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, near Orpington, BR6 7JT (off the A21 or A233).

Meanwhile Darwin and the Story of Evolution, an exhibition at the British Library is ongoing until March 22.

It explores how evolutionary thinking developed by comparing early ideas on evolution and creation with the revolutionary theories of Darwin.

At the National Portrait Gallery in St Martin's Place, London, there is a small photographic display, within the Victorian galleries, which includes portraits of Darwin at various stages of his life as well as images of those who were instrumental in the publication of On the Origin of Species.

The exhibition, free of charge, runs until May 31.

University College London will be hosting a series of seminars entitled Darwin's Influence in Archaeology and Anthropology until March 23.

The free events run on Mondays and start at 4pm, with a hour-long talk, an extended period of questions from the audience, and a drinks reception.

The seminars include historical perspectives and accounts of current Darwin-inspired work on human biological and cultural evolution.

They take place at the Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London. For a full list of events see www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology and for more information contact Manu Davies on 020 7679 4607 or manu.davies@ucl.ac.uk.

For a comprehensive list of events, festivals and lectures taking place across the country, see www.darwin200.org/index.html.

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