A “treasured” keepsake box that once belonged to Charles Darwin’s daughters has been donated to English Heritage and will go on show later this year. The Victorian red leather box contains shells gathered by Darwin on his famous Beagle voyage, where his observations fostered the ideas that led him to develop his theory of evolution. Darwin’s descendants have donated the red leather box and its “treasures” to English Heritage, which will display the object at what was Darwin’s home – Down House, in Kent. The naturalist and his wife Emma gave the box to their daughters, who, starting with the eldest, Annie, filled it with family mementos. When Annie died, aged 10 in 1851, the box passed to her sister Henrietta, otherwise known as Etty. Advertisement She continued to fill it with souvenirs, including locks of hair belonging to members of the Darwin family, Darwin’s silk handkerchief and the shells. More from Kent ‘Serious error of judgement’ to use Army bases in Kent and Wales to house asylum seekers COVID-19: ‘Hundreds’ found and several arrested at illegal raves in Essex, Edinburgh and Kent over Easter Bank Holiday Sarah Everard: Police search supermarket carpark and river in Kent 30 miles from… Read full this story
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