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Exhibition – Darwin’s Astounding Inventions

September 9 @ 11:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

Front Page of Darwin's Common Place Book

Darwin’s Commonplace Book is a fascinating record of the ideas and inventions of Erasmus Darwin. The book contains 160 pages of Darwin’s handwritten notes and sketches and provides great insight into Darwin’s thinking and the way he worked. Whilst many of the pages relate to his work as a Doctor, 63 pages are on inventions.

These inventions are very varied, from flushing toilets, to vertical windmills to help improve the efficiency of the pottery manufactory for his friend Wedgewood. However, he rarely took credit for his inventions, as he wanted to be taken as a legitimate doctor and scientist. One of the most relevant inventions to today’s audience is the steering mechanism for a horse drawn carriage.  Darwin travelled nearly 10,000 miles a year to visit his patients and wanted to find a way to make his journeys more comfortable. 50 years after he designed it someone reinvented it and the mechanism is very close to what was used in early cars.

This exhibition aims to showcase some of his “Astounding Inventions”.

Normal admission charge to the museum applies.  However, access to the museum will be free on 10th and 11th September as part of Heritage Open Days. Children’s Activities on 10th September


September 9 @ 11:00 am
October 9 @ 5:00 pm
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Erasmus Darwin House


Erasmus Darwin House
Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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