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Dr Alison Pearn

Associate Director, Darwin Project

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Alison joined the Darwin Project in 1996. Her background is in history, with a BA from Oxford, and a PhD from Cambridge. She curated the University Library’s Darwin Bicentenary exhibition, and edited a companion book, A Voyage Round the World: Charles Darwin and the Beagle Collections of the University of Cambridge (CUP 2009). She is responsible for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the Darwin Project, including its outreach programme, gives both academic and popular lectures on its work, and has appeared on radio programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s In our Time, and Woman’s Hour. She has a particular interest in Darwin’s correspondence with James Crichton-Browne, superintendent of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire.