In G staircase, First Court, there are the rooms that Charles Darwin lived in when he was an undergraduate at Christ's. Records show he moved into the rooms in 1828. In 2008-9 (for the centenary of Darwin's birth) the rooms were restored to look as we think they would have looked in the early nineteenth century when Darwin lived in however rooms are still used, however - now they are one of the spaces where small group supervision teaching takes place in College.


As there were no drawings or descriptions of Dawrin's rooms, the restoration was based on research by John van der Wyhe and Jo Poole, using Darwin's letters and papers, recollections from his friends and other descriptions and illustrations relating to student life in the 1820's and 1830's. If you would like to read about the detail of this, please see this article by Jo Poole.

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