Origin Day 2010
Darwin's pigeons returned to Down House for the first time in over 100 years.
Live exhibits were on display in room behind the greenhouses of the garden over the 24th 27th 28th November breeds present included those mentioned in the first chapter of 'Origin' such as the Pouter, Barb and Carrier along with other breeds that Darwin worked with.
visitors talked to John Ross, Dr Jo Cooper and Hein Van Grouw from the National History Museum Tring, home of the Darwin pigeon specimens and Brian Coulson, the President of The National Peristeronic Society of which Darwin was once a member.
Randal Keynes a descendant of Charles Darwin was In attendance and talked about Darwin and the pigeon fancy.
Victorian Peristeronic Club show pens, salvaged from a warehouse in London and restored by Brian Coulson.
photo courtesy Katrina Van Grouw
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