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Photography exhibition in Lichfield focuses on the Galapagos

A photography exhibition in Lichfield is bringing the islands of the Galapagos to life.

A Galapagos giant tortoise

A Galapagos giant tortoise

Erasmus Darwin House will host the Portrait of the Galapagos – Darwin’s Enchanted Islands exhibition which depicts life on on the islands visited by Charles Darwin in 1835 and will feature Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise, who is estimated to be about 100 years old.

The photographs have all been taken by local resident Sarah Langford, who is an experienced teacher and frequent visitor to the islands. She works with the residents there helping to raise awareness of the need for conservation.

She said:

“I’m so pleased that Darwin House will showing my photographs. It’s the most appropriate venue for this subject.”

Charles, Erasmus’ grandson, sailed to Galapagos on board the HMS Beagle when he was 26 years old. During the five weeks that he spent there, he went ashore to collect plants, rocks, insects and birds. He observed the unusual life forms and their adaptations to the harsh environment.

Darwin noted that it was possible to distinguish which island a tortoise came from by the shape of their shell. His research led to the groundbreaking theory of The Origin of Species published in 1859.

Admission to the exhibition, which is on until the end of September, is free with entry to the museum. For more information call 01543 306260.

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