Supper Talk: Unnatural Selection with Katrina van Grouw
Thursday 1st November 2018, 6-8pm

When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals, continuously shaped and moulded at the hand of man, and a subject increasingly popular in Victorian England.

In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals, author and illustrator Katrina van Grouw explains why this analogy was more appropriate than even Darwin had realised.

Artificial selection is, in fact, more than just an analogy for natural selection – it’s the perfect example of evolution in action.

There will be the chance to purchase a copy of Katrina's book on the evening.

More information about this book (opens in a new window).


Please note, when you book the talk the £17 ticket price includes a glass of wine (or soft drink) and entry to the Garden. Please book your supper separately (also £17 per person) - we will have sittings at 5.45pm and 8.30pm.

The meal will be a mixed buffet as well as a dessert.


The talk itself is from 7-8.15pm

Please note there is no lift to the lecture room and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

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Ticket for talk only: Unnatural Selection

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Ticket for talk AND supper beforehand

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Ticket for talk AND supper afterwards

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