Millionaire saves Darwin's Shrewsbury childhood home

One of the UK's youngest cyber tech multi-millionaires has stepped in to save the childhood home of Shrewsbury-born naturalist Charles Darwin.

Louis-James Davis with Mike Marchant
Louis-James Davis with Mike Marchant

Louis-James Davis, inventor of the VCode and the VPlatform, has agreed to buy the lease of the building and develop it as a world class university facility and centre of excellence for global research and education.

Mount House is the birthplace of Charles Darwin, accepted as the father of evolution.

Inspired by Darwin’s personal struggles and his thirst for knowledge, Louis-James was keen to secure the future of Darwin’s birthplace and childhood home to develop into something meaningful to future for generations, especially young people.

Louis-James Davis with Mike Marchant

In acquiring the lease, Louis-James will not only have secured the future of this historic building for the next two centuries but will have ensured that Darwin’s legacy to natural sciences and its significance to the study of evolution and natural history continue to be championed around the globe.

Equally as important The Darwin will become a centre of world class excellence, to inspire young people and develop the next generation of gifted scientists to follow in Darwin’s footsteps.

Davis, the CEO of VST Enterprises and founder of Davis Co Holdings Ltd said: “I am delighted to be involved with The Darwin and to support the great work and vision of the team who introduced it, including Mike Marchant, who has been a passionate advocate of this project to bring a world class university and centre of excellence to Shrewsbury.


"Working with partners in science, technology, education and local communities, we intend to develop a wide range of content for a worldwide digital learning platform for people of all ages.

"We are looking forward to working collaboratively with English Heritage, Shropshire Council and other bodies to restore this building of national and global importance.

"As we are all encouraged to go green there is an ever-increasing global demand for scientists. We need to encourage a new generation of young people to become scientists, researchers and disruptors. People who understand how we use natural resources and challenge conventional thinking. By creating The Darwin we can encourage, support, and develop the coming generations of young scientists and ignite their greater interest in natural botany, zoology and geology.”

Louis-James Davis with Mike Marchant

Such is the importance attached to this initiative with international audiences that it has already secured two offers of endowments from wealthy individuals alone worth over £500M. Those two donors share the same collective vision of helping young people to be enchanted by natural phenomena and to develop their skills as botanists, zoologists and geologists.

Mike Marchant co ordinator and curator for The Darwin said: “We are delighted and thrilled that Louis had the shared vision and empathy for The Darwin initiative and stepped in to support the project. Darwin was a disruptor to conventional thinking and the sciences, challenging the way in which generations before him saw the world around them.

" Louis is very much a parallel modern day disruptor in cyber technology, challenging the conventional way in which we think and use technology to better the world we live in. It was a natural joining of minds."

The VCode and VPlatform technology allows genuine users to authenticate themselves in a secure and encrypted way across online transactions and interactions.

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