Designs on Darwin as competition deadline nears

Children at Shrewsbury’s Packwood Haugh School were inspired by Charles Darwin to give full rein to their creativity and imagination in a special workshop.

They have been invited to design a striking emblem to celebrate the great man and enter their work in the Shropshire Young Thinkers’ Competition. This year’s theme is Darwin’s 2020 Vision and young people from throughout the county have until 20th December to submit their entries.

The winning design will feature on specially created flags for Charles Darwin’s birthday celebrations in February 2020 in Shrewsbury, the town of his birth.

We have organised the annual competition with University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) for children aged seven to 12. Paige Eades, who won the Morris Scholarship at UCS, went along with Katie Morris to Packwood Haugh to speak to pupils about the competition and encourage their participation.

Katie Morris said: “The children were enthusiastic and came up with some really imaginative designs to celebrate Darwin and his links with Shrewsbury. The competition really seems to have struck a chord with them. For other young people thinking of entering, please don’t forget that the deadline is 20th December.”

Packwood Haugh teacher Roy Chambers said: “This was a fun way for the children to learn about Charles Darwin and respond with creative ideas. The Shropshire Young Thinkers’ Competition is a great opportunity to spark children’s imagination."

It is the third time the competition has been run. Last year’s letters to Darwin theme attracted nearly 500 entries. This year’s theme is open to interpretation, with judges including celebrated Shropshire artist Linda Edwards.

Twenty finalists’ designs will be shown in a special exhibition at the Shrewsbury Art Gallery & Museum. The overall winner’s design will feature on flags flying over University Centre Shrewsbury and Morris & Company and will be displayed as wall art and on T-shirts. A trophy and a family VIP cinema experience will also go to the winner.

The competition rounds off our year-long celebration of Morris & Company’s 150th anniversary in Shropshire. To download the entry pack and design template visit

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