"HMS Beagle deserves to be remembered alongside HMS Victory, and the Cutty Sark, as a symbol of a great age of exploration and discovery.”
Professor Simon Keynes, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Our ship- and land-based research programmes link students and scientists with peers around the world – and even astronauts in space — enriching our lives and providing new perspectives on our world.
Our hands-on learning and public engagement programmes engage global audiences with the excitement of science and exploration, encouraging worldwide cooperation for the benefit of all.
We collaborate with global partners to encourage and secure a sustainable future for all. We welcome a broad range of international sponsors, partners, supporters and participants, irrespective of age, gender, race or religion.
Charles Darwin is known as one of the world’s greatest scientists, but when he signed on to HMS Beagle, he was in many ways an amateur. His five-year voyage fed his curiosity and sense of adventure, and his hands-on discoveries led to sophisticated theories that have shaped our understanding of the world.
In promoting Darwin’s combination of exploration and scientific methods, the HMS Beagle Project aspires to a world where everyone understands and appreciates the nature, value and creative adventure of science, and can participate in evidence-based decision-making to ensure an environmentally secure future.
The HMS Beagle Project aims to launch a modern rebuild of HMS Beagle to use as a flagship that will sail in company with modern research vessels. The modern Beagle will be used to inspire and motivate global audiences through unique public engagement and learning programmes and original scientific research.
We will conduct ship- and land-based research projects within the core themes of biodiversity and climate change. Projects will further our scientific understanding in these important areas and serve as vehicles for hands-on learning based on the core themes of science and exploration.
The core values of the HMS Beagle Project are: