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I have finally produced a list of all the donors to the Wallace statue campaign, which was not a straightforward job for various reasons. A total of 74 generous people and organisations contributed - so a very big thank-you to all of you!
A c. 30 minute video of a talk by George Beccaloni and Caroline Catchpole about Wallace's early life and his adventures in the Amazon Basin and the Malay Archipelago is available at the following link for a very limited time only [it is an experiment]: https://vimeo.com/58786695 (the case sensitive password = Wallace).
Exciting news - we have just reached the halfway mark in the fundraising for the statue - we now have about £25,0001 of the £50,000 needed!! We can now afford to commission a large-than-life head-and-torso bust with plinth, which is about half the bronze which would go in to making a 10% larger than life statue which is obviously the ultimate goal.
The following Press Release has been sent out by the office of Welsh MP Joyce Watson:
Wallace Letters Online (WLO), the Wallace Correspondence Project's online archive of Wallace's letters, is now live on the Natural History Museum's website - see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/scientific-resources/collections/library-collections/wallace-letters-online/index.html (a short url is http://www.nhm.ac.uk/walla
I am disappointed to report that the campaign to raise funds for a unique life-size statue of Wallace to mark the 100th anniversary of his death this year is still £30,000 away from its target, and there are only a few days left... Unfortunately the fundraising has to stop on the 31st January 2013 to give the sculptor enough time to produce the work for the anniversary on the 7th November.
Happy 190th Birthday Alfred!
It's going to be quite a year, with several radio and TV programmes, about 10 books, museum exhibitions in 6 or 7 countries, five or so conferences, plus many other assorted events. To keep up-to-date with what's happening check the Wallace100 events diary throughout the year on a regular basis.
Hooray! We have reached a milestone with the fundraising for the Wallace statue, in that we have just reached £15,000 - which is enough money to commission a twice-life-size portrait bust of Wallace (if all else fails). Even though there is less than 1.5 months to go before the fundraising campaign has to close, I remain optimistic that we will reach the target of £50,000.
A VERY BIG thank-you to the 40 or so very generous people who have contributed to the statue campaign so far!