The Natural History Museum has a packed programme of events to celebrate the big Darwin anniversary in 2009.   I’m not sure why they’ve chosen the image on the left as par tof the logo – it seems to suggest Darwin is swearing us to secrecy!  (I wonder if it’s a photoshopped image…).  In any event, this is a big deal in public understanding of science, and my university, The Open University, is a significant contributor:

The Open University is working with the BBC to co-produce four TV series that consider the impact and legacy of Darwin’s theories and ideas in an attempt to engage the public to take their interest in Darwin further. The four series are: Tree of Life (BBC ONE) where Sir David Attenborough argues the case for the importance of the science of evolution; Life (BBC ONE) which will capture the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring animal survival behaviours ever shown on TV; Andrew Marr on Darwin’s Legacy (working title, BBC TWO) which will explore the impact of Darwin’s theory in science, society, political movement and religion; and A Year in Darwin’s Garden (working title, BBC TWO) in which entomologist and farmer, Jimmy Doherty, recreates many of Darwin’s ground-breaking experiments with plants.

The annual Open University Lecture for 2009 will be given by Professor Richard Dawkins on Darwin and will be webcast. The Open University also hosts The Evolution Megalab – a nationwide public survey of the banded snail – which has the support of the Royal Society. The Open University is also producing a short course, S170 ‘Darwin and Evolution’ that will address Darwin’s work and legacy.

The Natural History Museum website is a treasure trove of useful information and onward links to events around the country.