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Spectacular special Wallace editions of Natural History and Skeptic magazines (both published in the USA) have just been produced in collaboration with Richard Milner's Wallace Centenary Celebration project. Richard edited both issues - and they are packed with excellent Wallace-related articles by famous writers, ranging from Sir David Attenborough to Richard Conniff.
By George Beccaloni
Wallace built "The Dell" in Grays, Essex (now 25 College Avenue), paying for it using the small fortune he had earnt from the sale of the natural history specimens he collected during is epic 8 year expedition to the Malay Archipelago (1854-1862). He lived in the house from March 1872 until July 1876 and during this four year period he wrote his books On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism (published March 1875) and his two volume magnum opus The Geographical Distribution of Animals (published May 1876).
Beautiful pencil drawings and watercolour paintings of Amazonian fish and insects by Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates are among the many historic paper treasures released online today by the Wallace Correspondence Project.
On the 2nd July 2015, after delivering the Wallace Correspondence Project's Annual Wallace Lecture at London's Natural History Museum, Richard Milner was awarded the Wallace Memorial Fund's bronze Wallace Medal, for his outstanding contributions to the public understanding of Wallace's life and work.
By John Matthews
*Annual A. R. Wallace Lecture 2015*
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Flett Events Theatre, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London
Wallace, Darwin, and Spiritualism: The Trial of the Spirit-Medium Henry Slade, 1876
Things Named After Wallace: Alternative Realities
Thurrock Local History Society
Helen Smith, who works at the Australian Museum and edits the Society for Insect Studies publications, kindly agreed that the WMF could make available a nice compendium of interesting articles about Wallace which was produced by the Society. The publication is:
Smith, H. M. (Ed.). 2015. The life and times of Alfred Russel Wallace as reported by the members of the Society for Insect Studies in December 2013 on the centenary of his death. Society for Insect Studies Wallace Special Edition, 2nd Edition. 26pp.
A magnificent bronze bust of Wallace by sculptor Anthony Smith, was unveiled at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on May 15th 2015. It was paid for by donations from John Ellis (seen unveiling it below) and the Waterloo Foundation. The bust, which has been installed in the Wallace Garden, is the first public sculpture of Wallace in Wales.
Copies of the bust can be ordered from Anthony.
The photos below are copyright of Edward Cooper.