Atlantis Films, a German company, is working on a docudrama about Wallace for release next year. It is called "Wallace - A Giant in Darwin's Shadow" and will be 53 minutes long. See http://www.atlantis-film.de/news/news for more information and for a trailer see http://vimeo.com/31046879 or below. It looks fairly good, but I did spot some errors in the trailer!
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Historian of Science Dr John van Wyhe (University of Singapore), officially launched his Wallace Online website today - see http://wallace-online.org/ Wallace Online is the first complete edition of Wallace's published writings (22 books and over 900 articles). It also contains records of manuscript items compiled from several electronic catalogues, which means that these can be conveniently searched using a single interface.
The Wallace Memorial Fund has today sent out the Press Release below, appealing for funds for a magnificent and unique life-size bronze statue to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death next year (7th November 2013). You can help the campaign in various ways e.g. by posting the text and images below on relevant websites and blogs, or telling potential donors about the campaign. Your help (in whatever way) would be very much appreciated. Wouldn't it be great to see the statue and think that you helped to make it a reality!
The Natural History Museum in London is coordinating Wallace100 and has just launched the Wallace100 home page - see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/wallace/index.html
There is also a Wallace100 events page - http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/wallace/events/index.html
I have been asked by the Natural History Museum in London (where I work) to write posts for a blog designed to keep people up-to-date with the many exciting Wallace-related activities which are being planned by the Museum and others around the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death in 2013 (a global celebration we are calling Wallace100).
The Wallace Fund is extremely grateful to Dr Alan Smith CBE, FRS for getting the campaign to raise funds for a life-size bronze statue of Wallace off to an excellent start with a very generous donation of £10,000 GBP. Alan believes, as we do, that Wallace provides an excellent role model for getting children interested in science. The statue will certainly help inspire the many children who will see it.
Anthropologist Richard Milner, (author of Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z) is developing plans for a large Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary Project, to begin in 2013, the hundredth anniversary of the great naturalist’s death, for which he is seeking funding from the John Templeton Foundation and possibly other sources.
The Wallace Memorial Fund has today launched its most ambitious fund-raising campaign yet - a drive to raise £50,000 (GBP) for a magnificent life-size bronze statue of Wallace, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death on the 7th November 2013 (see http://wallacefund.info/statue and http://wallacefund.info/notes-wallace-statue). It will be offered to the The Natural History Museum in London, and the intention is that it will be unveiled on the actual anniversary date next year.
The patron of the Wallace Memorial Fund, Bill Bailey, and the patron of the Wallace Correspondence Project (WCP), Sir David Attenborough, met each other for the first time last night in the Natural History Museum in London. They were both involved in filming for a two part series about Wallace, which is being presented by Bill, and will be broadcast early in 2013.