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.
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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:
Just to let people know that I will be leaving the UK on the 8th November and travelling to 'the Malay Archipelago' (rather more rapidly than Wallace did!), as I have been asked to be a keynote speaker at the Wallace conference in Wangi-Wangi Island in Indonesia (see http://wallacefund.info/wallace-conference-beautiful-wakatobi-islands-indonesia).
Defining Wallacea: a conference about Wallace and the Wallacean Region has just been announced. It will be held in the Patuno Resort Hotel on Wangi Wangi Island in the Wakatobi Islands off south-eastern Sulawesi Island from the 10th to the 13th of November 2013. More information will soon be posted on the following website: http://www.aipi.or.id/en/
A wonderful map, showing the routes of Wallace and Darwin's voyages has just been published by Operation Wallacea in association with the Wallace Memorial Fund (I carefully checked and edited the text). A small image of the map is shown below, and if you click it you will see a larger version.