By John Matthews
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*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.
Wallace's frosted silver Royal Medal. Copyright Wallace Memorial Fund
Alan Leyin, Thurrock Local History Society, Grays, Essex. UK
Touching lightly upon the subject, the popular historian, A. N. Wilson, refers to the ‘Wallace-Darwin theory’ of evolution through natural selection (Wilson, 2002; p225). By switching around the names – in true revisionist mode – the author undoubtedly makes a point, based on his own interpretation of the historical tale.
Alfred Russel Wallace and public engagement: alienating the enthusiast
Alan Leyin, Thurrock Local History Society, Grays, Essex, UK
In September 2014 my wife Jan and I led a very enjoyable, interesting and successful (!!) three week tour to key Wallace-related places in the Malay Archipelago.