Wallace statue to be erected at the Natural History Museum– and you can help! (Upcoming UK events with Dawkins et al.)


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.

Written By: Greg Mayer
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