Supper talk: Captain Bligh and the Breadfruit

While most people have heard of the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789, relatively few will know that William Bligh fulfilled the mission – to transplant breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies – on a second voyage, with two ships, in 1791-93. This talk will explain the project, its problems, and the differing outcomes of these two remarkable Pacific voyages.Read more

Supper talk: Unnatural Selection

When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his theory of evolution to the general public he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals; shaped by the hand of man and increasingly popular in Victorian England. In this talk, marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals, author of Unnatural Selection, Katrina van Grouw, explains why this analogy was more appropriate than even Darwin had realised.Read more