Ref NoLDGSL/1050
TitlePhotographs of Down House, Darwin's home in Kent
Extent10 items
DescriptionSeven black and white photographs of interior and exterior of Down House, Kent, the home of Charles Darwin, 1935. With three letters regarding the images' donation.


'Old Study', Down House

Administrative HistoryBy the 1920s, Charles Darwin's home Down House in Kent had been operating as a series of girls' schools. Following an appeal by the President of the British Association Sir Arthur Keith in 1927, that the house should be in national possession, it was purchased by George Buckston Browne, FRCS, from Darwin's grandson. Browne gifted it, along with an endowment of £20,000 to the British Association for it to be run as museum and where it was overseen by a special 'Down House Committee'. The photographs were commissioned by the BA's Down House Committee and donated to a number of different organisations connected with the naturalist with a view to the images being put on permanent display.

The house is now owned by English Heritage.
Access ConditionsAccess is by appointment only. Please contact the Archivist for further information.
ArchNoteDescription by John Thackray, revised by Caroline Lam. Source: Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1928.
DS/UK/40DARWIN; Charles Robert (1809-1882); naturalist and geologist1809-1882
DS/UK/24British Science Association; 1831-1831-
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