by Greg Mayer
As Wallace Year continues, events are coming fast and furious. One to look forward to on November 7 is the unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue of Wallace in the garden outside the Darwin Centre 2 at the Natural History Museum in London. The statue, by sculptor Anthony Smith, will be unveiled by Sir David Attenborough on that date, which happens to be the 100th anniversary of Wallace’s death.
Thanks to George Beccaloni, who has spearheaded Wallace celebration events at the Natural History Museum, we have learned of several ways in which you can support the ongoing efforts to fund the statue, which are being led by Entangled Bank Events and the Ancestor’s Trail on behalf of the Wallace Fund. If you are in the UK, there are two upcoming events, both featuring Richard Dawkins, the proceeds of which will benefit the statue fund raising efforts.
First, in connection with the Ancestor’s Trail event, there will be a day-long series of talks and performances at the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol on Saturday, August 24. Speakers include Richard Dawkins, and Peter Raby, author of the fine biography Alfred Russel Wallace: A Life (Princeton University Press, 2001). Ticket options and further details can be found at the Ancestor’s Trail website.
Second, another day-long series of science talks and performances, Consensus?, will be held in London on Saturday, November 16 at ExCel London. Speakers again include Richard Dawkins, along with famed paleontologist Richard Fortey and Wallace enthusiast, presenter, and comedian Bill Bailey. Check back at Entangled Bank Events for the announcement of when ticket sales will begin.
And finally, anyone, not just those in the UK, can contribute to the statue campaign directly through Entangled Bank (scroll to bottom).
Since I’ve got the attention of Wallace enthusiasts, I’ll note here that George Beccaloni has compiled a great many (all?) of the photos of Wallace, including not only the iconic ones you’ve seen before, but a great many others on one convenient Picasa album.