Monthly Saturday Talk - Darwin in Ilkley

  • 20 May 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Main Hall, Clarke Foley, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ

Darwin in Ilkley

An illustrated talk by u3a member Professor Mike Dixon

Mike will be known to many in u3a and regularly talks on aspects of local history at a variety of venues and occasions. He co-authored a book on Darwin in Ilkley so talks with great eloquence and authority on the topic.

When the Origins of Species was published on 24 November 1859 Charles Darwin, was near the end of a nine-week stay in the remote Yorkshire village of Ilkley. He had come for the 'water cure' - a regime of cold baths and wet sheets - and for relaxation.

But he used his time in Ilkley to shore up support, through extensive correspondence, for the extraordinary theory that the Origin would put before the world: evolution by natural selection. Mike Dixon will bring to life Victorian Ilkley and the dramas of body and mind that marked Darwin's visit.

Entrance is FREE

Free tea or coffee and a biscuit served from 10.00 when the doors open. The talk starts promptly at 10.30.

Non-members are welcome to attend for a taster.

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