Original article from Kent Live
The seafront Ramsgate house once owned by Charles Darwin could become an animal empathy museum.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were made aware of the illustrious property and KentLive can exclusively reveal that the group has contacted estate agents Miles & Barr about converting the home into a museum.
The Grade II listed property featured a blue plaque confirming it is Darwin's old abode and is on the market for £925,000.
However, in a property plot twist, it now seems as if the historic house could become a Ramsgate tourist attraction.
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PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk said: "Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of evolution established humans as just one animal among many, which is the very foundation of the modern animal rights movement.
"PETA’s empathy museum would celebrate Darwin’s legacy by reminding visitors that we’re all part of the great orchestra of life on earth."
As well as his work on evolution, Darwin famously spearheaded legislation to regulate experimentation on animals.
PETA sent an official statement of interest to Miles & Barr on Thursday (July 29), outlining their desires for the animal empathy museum to shine a light on the work Darwin did to protect animals.
In the letter, shared with KentLive by PETA, Mrs Newkirk writes: "While the theory of evolution is Darwin’s legacy, many people don’t know that this groundbreaking theory laid much of the foundation for modern animal rights, changing our perception of other animals and illuminating the fact that humans are animals.
"Darwin introduced self-aggrandising humans to the idea that our species shares a common ancestry with all forms of life – that we are, in fact, one ape among many, part of the great orchestra of life on earth.
"It is because of Darwin’s research that people started to realise that other animals are like us in all the ways that matter – we all feel pain, engage in play, parent, and experience emotions such as joy, love, loneliness, and fear.
"This led to the understanding that all animals should be treated with compassion and respect and that the exploitation of others is an evil to overcome."
What's inside Darwin's old home?
On the ground floor, there's a spacious lounge with a bay window and original shutters that leads into another reception room.
Out at the back, there's yet another reception room – Darwin must have loved a party – and a garden.
Down in the basement, there's potential for a self-contained flat with its own access thanks to a double bedroom, lounge, shower room and kitchenette – perhaps a great little Airbnb option for the new owner.
On the first floor is a sitting room with a gorgeous balcony, a kitchen, bathroom and another reception room.
The master bedroom is found on the second floor and has impressive sea views and a bathroom with a stained glass window.
If that wasn't enough, there's three more bedrooms and a loft on the third floor.