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Filename: J970126.jpg

Size: 3694 x 4732 (14.0MB)

Date: 14th March 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: 1091388

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Darwins Compass J970126

DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Compass in box used by Charles Darwin on the Beagle

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Artefact Charles Darwin Darwin Wooden


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph captures a historic and intriguing artifact from the study of Charles Darwin at his home in Downe, Kent, England. The object in the image is a wooden compass, labeled as J970126 in the Historic England Photo Library collection. This compass, a simple yet essential navigational tool, holds significant importance as it was once used by the renowned naturalist, Charles Darwin, during his groundbreaking voyage on the HMS Beagle. Darwin embarked on the Beagle in 1831, and his five-year journey around the world transformed the scientific community's understanding of the natural world. The compass would have been an indispensable tool for Darwin during his explorations, helping him navigate the vast oceans and new territories he encountered. The wooden compass box, now a cherished relic, is a testament to the remarkable experiences and discoveries that Darwin made during his voyage. The intricate design of the compass and the worn, aged appearance of the box add to its historical value, offering a tangible connection to one of the most influential figures in scientific history. The image of the compass in its box, taken by the Historic England Photo Library, provides a glimpse into the past, allowing us to appreciate the importance of this seemingly ordinary object in the extraordinary story of Charles Darwin's life and scientific discoveries. The compass serves as a reminder of the curiosity, determination, and exploration that have driven scientific advancements throughout history.

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