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“The other Darwin ”

Erasmus Darwin House
Ranked #6 of 30 things to do in Lichfield
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It has been said that no one since has rivaled his achievements in such a wide range of fields. Indeed, he posited a coherent theory of evolution a full 70 years before his grandson Charles. This beautiful Georgian town house and previous home of Erasmus is dedicated to his life and achievements. Set in an ancient part of Lichfield city centre, the house contains a wealth of information about this fascinating man through videos, audio guides and several hands-on exhibitions and also provides a window into Georgian life. There is also a wonderful herb garden to stroll through and a gift shop. There are plenty of activities and workshops for all ages so do check our website for various events throughout the year!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Erasmus Darwin’s ideas influence us today, from evolution to independent suspension for vehicles. He never patented his invention; he invented a windmill for Josiah Wedgwood, then told him to use steam power. His son’s main achievement was to marry an heiress (Wedgwood’s daughter), but his grandson Charles inherited the genius.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The video gives lots of information about this famous person, grandfather to Charles Darwin. Staff are friendly and helpful, lots of information to take in and plenty of interactive activities for children.

Thank CD G
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Erasmus D, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Your comments are much appreciated.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an interesting place !!. Charles (Darwin) must have got his inspiration from his Grandfather Erasmus. Particularly enjoyed how he invented the front wheel combination for horse drawn carriages. This technology is still used today in our modern lorries.

Thank Garry F
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

We were pleasantly surprised at exhibits and wide interests held by Charles Darwin's grandfather - medical doctor, inventor, writer and thinker. Visit here for a different view on the Darwin family.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

We popped into this museum by the cathedral and it is an absolute gem. You can spend around 30 minutes wandering through the rooms of Erasmus Darwin's house and learn about his life and his inventions. There's a great video overview of his achievements and even a room for dressing up in 18th century style clothes. The people who work there were absolutely lovely and there's an adorable cat roaming around too!

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