Tony Whitten, Asia-Pacific Regional Director of Fauna & Flora International and leader of the 'In the Wake of Wallace' cruise has sent us an account of the Wallace centenary celebrations in the town from which Wallace sent his world-changing letter to Charles Darwin on the mechanism of evolution:
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A new sculpture of Wallace is to be made for the town of Hertford where Wallace went to school. Sculptor Rodney Munday has been awarded the commission to produce the piece and he has sent me the following article which explains the project:
I had been looking forward to reading John van Wyhe and Kees Rookmaaker's new book Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago as the adverts for it state that it contains "recently discovered letters".
Biodiversity Heritage Library's (BHL) digital campaign celebrating the life of Alfred Russel Wallace will run over the course of next week, Nov 4-8. The BHL is a digital library project dedicated to providing open access to the world's legacy biodiversity literature and thus have some of Wallace's works in their collection, see http://biodiversitylibrary.org/creator/1522#/titles.
The BEST film ever made about Wallace has just been made available on YouTube - the first time it has been made publicly available since it was broadcast by the BBC as part of its 'The World About Us' series back in 1983. It is called 'The Forgotten Voyage' and everyone who is interested in Wallace should watch it.
Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, London
7 November 2013 (The 100th anniversary of Wallace's
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
To commemorate the centenary of Wallace's death, Sir David Attenborough will
give a lecture at the Museum about Wallace's passion for birds of paradise.
Wallace studied the birds during his travels in the Malay Archipelago between
1854 and 1862.
To mark the centenary of Broadstone, Dorset's most famous resident, Alfred Russel Wallace, the Broadstone Chamber of Trade is sponsoring a one day only postal cover and postmark for 7th November, 2013. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this unique souvenir of the Wallace anniversary year then CLICK HERE for an order form. It costs only £5.00.
The 100th anniversary of Wallace's death on the 7th November 2013 is being marked by two public events at the Natural History Museum in London - plus two private events afterwards which are open only to invited guests who were involved in Wallace100.
The two public events are: