2013 Anniversary

Wallace100 logoWallace100 logo2013 saw the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death (he died on the 7th November 1913) and a huge number of events took place around the world to celebrate his life and work. This page aims to list the more significant of these.

London's Natural History Museum played a central role in coordinating, publicising and supporting what it called the Wallace100 anniversary celebrations. It designed the logo seen in the top corners of this page, which it encouraged others to freely use to publicise the anniversary; it hosted an informative blog; it maintained an events page, on which all known Wallace-related events taking place worldwide were listed (this page has been taken down but the list of events can be seen HERE); it organised a conference; a lecture series with monthly talks about Wallace; and an exhibition featuring Wallace specimens and artifacts. The Museum launched its Wallace100 events programme on the 24th January 2013, with the unveiling by Bill Bailey of a portrait of Wallace (see a video of this HERE). It ended on the 7th November with the unveiling by Sir David Attenborough of the bronze statue of Wallace which the Wallace Memorial Fund donated to the Museum (see a video of this event HERE).

The Wallace Memorial Fund also played an important role, supplying more than 220 Wallace-related images to 32 organisations or individuals for use in articles, books and exhibitions worldwide (publications etc to which we supplied images are marked #) . It also intitiated and led the fundraising campaign for the bronze statue of Wallace, which is now on display at London's Natural History Museum. The Chairman of the Fund, George Beccaloni, participated in/assisted with many of the events etc listed below - those he was involved in are marked with an * A summary of George's Wallace100 related work can be seen HERE



Broadstone Library, Broadstone, Dorset, UK: 'Wallace 100 exhibition'. 7-22 November 2013. Also see THIS.

#Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, UK: 'Alfred Russel Wallace: A Centenary Celebration'. 30 September 2013 - 4 January 2014

Dudley Museum, Dudley, UK: ‘The Other Mr Darwin: The life of Alfred Russel Wallace’. 6 July - 31 December 2013.

#Hertford Museum, Hertford, UK: 'World of Wallace : Alfred Russel Wallace and his life in the field'. 26 October 2013 - 22 February 2014

#Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory,Darwin, Australia: 'Wallace: the rEvolutionary man'. 9 November 2013 - 22 June 2014. Listen to a radio programme HERE

#Museu de les Papallones de Catalunya, Spain: 'Exposició Alfred Russel Wallace'. 12 June 2013 (?) - 8 June 2014

#National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales: 'Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist?' 19 October 2013 – 9 March 2014.

*#Natural History Museum, London, UK: 'Wallace Discovery Trail'. 1 July - 23 November 2013. For more information click HERE. Download leaflets about the trail HERE and HERE. See a video HERE.

#Neath Antiquarian Society, Heath, Wales: Wallace exhibition. 14 - 15 June 2013

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK: 'Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 -1913) The Leicester Connection'

#Poole Museum, Poole, UK: Small temporary display. Also see THIS.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, UK: 'The self-taught naturalist - Alfred Russel Wallace and Kew'. 15 April - 20 May 2013.

Singapore Science Centre, Singapore: 'Island Adventurer: Alfred Russel Wallace and the quest for the origins of species'. 30 November 2013 - 30 November 2014. Also see THIS article.

#Swansea Museum, Swansea, Wales: 'Wallace: Evolution’s Forgotten Father'. 15 October 2013 - 26 January 2014. To see some photos of this exhibition click HERE.

#Village Centre, Hurstpierpoint, UK: 'Alfred Russel Wallace-the Hurstpierpoint connection'. 4 November 2013 - 31 January 2014.

Notable Online Resources

*Wallace Letters Online - Wallace's complete known correspondence plus other manuscripts, was officially launched by Bill Bailey on 24 February 2013. See articles HEREHEREHERE and HERE

*#Audio slideshow about Wallace narrated by Sir David Attenborough

*#London Natural History Museum's Timeline of Wallace's life

#Neath's 'Wallace Trail'


A list of books published about Wallace in 2013 can be seen HERE

*#Although not a book, it is worth noting the wonderful poster map, showing the routes of Wallace and Darwin's voyages which was published by Operation Wallacea in association with the Wallace Memorial Fund. For details click HERE

Newspaper & Magazine Articles

About the anniversary celebrations

Leyden, L. 2013. The Alfred Russel Wallace revival club: A modern effort to pull a scientific pioneer out of Darwin’s shadow. Boston Globe.

About Wallace's life and work

Anon. 2013. Perfectly natural: it's 100 years since Darwin's collaborator Alfred Russel Wallace died in Broadstone. Seeker News, 24: 20. [Download pdf]

Griffiths, E. 2013. Broadstone’s celebrated naturalist - Alfred Russel Wallace. Dorset Magazine. [Read HERE]

Pain, S. 2013. The Wallace Connection. Kew Magazine (Autumn): 48-53. [Download pdf]

#Williams, J. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace. Catalyst, 24(2): 9-12. [Download pdf]

Notable Blog Posts

Bressan, D. 2013. The Forgotten Naturalist: Alfred Russel Wallace. Scientific American blog.

Leisher, C. 2013. Remembering Alfred Russel Wallace. Cool Green Science, the blog of The Nature Conservancy.

Online Articles

*The London Natural History Museum's Wallace100 blog published 71 posts

*The Wallace Facebook page listed hundreds of Wallace related events, articles etc

Page about Wallace in Leicester

Page about Wallace in Hertford

Radio broadcasts & Podcasts

Bill Bailey (Comedian). Audio interview about Wallace and the making of his excellent 2 part series 'Jungle Hero' about Wallace. (Download the podcast by clicking HERE).

George Beccaloni (Natural History Museum, London). Audio interview on RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland on 6th September 2013.

George Beccaloni & David AttenboroughAudio interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' on the 7th November 2013 - the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death.

George Beccaloni, Ted Benton & Steve JonesAudio interview with Melvyn Bragg on the BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time,  broadcast on 21 March 2013.

Andrew Berry (Harvard University). Audio interview. RadioWest, USA in December 2013.

Peter Raby (Wallace biographer). Audio interview for Scientific American in November 2013.

Films & Videos

*#Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, Episode 1 "Wallace in Borneo" in HD (BBC 2013)

*#Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, Episode 2 "Wallace in the Spice Islands" in HD (BBC 2013)

*Bill Bailey shares his admiration for Wallace with George Beccaloni at London's Natural History Museum

Darwin, y Cymro a'r Cynllwyn (Darwin, the Welshman and the Conspiracy) (S4C)

*The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace, by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck

#Short video about Wallace produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Plays & Other Performances

Theatr na nÓgg's play 'You Should Ask Wallace' was preformed at numerous venues in Wales, England and even Singapore. See HERE.

Jonny Berliner's excellent song about Wallace and Darwin

Public Artwork

*Wallace Memorial Fund's statue of Wallace

Mural in Hertford, UK. 'Wallace Meets Rousseau'. To see a video about the painting of this piece click HERE

Art Exhibitions

Picturesque Flora Wallaceana: Botanical Ambulations In Greater Wallaceana" by Scott Serrano. Exhibited in a number of venues in the USA in 2013. [see video HERE]

Conferences & Symposia

American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA: 'Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary: Natural Selection and Beyond'. 12 November 2013. [see a slideshow HERE]

*Essex Field Club, Pitsea, Essex: 'Alfred Wallace Centenary Conference'. 5 October 2013.

*Indonesian Academy of Sciences, held in the Wakatobi Islands, Indonesia: 'Defining Wallacea'. 10-13 November 2013. To see a flyer click HERE.

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico. 'One Hundred Years After Wallace'. 4-8 March 2013.

*Natural History Museum, London, UK: 'Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy'. 23 October 2013. To download a pdf of the conference programme click HERE

NESCent/BEACON Evolution Symposium, held in Atlanta, USA. 'Wallace, Islands, and Biogeography - 100 Years Later'. 22 November 2013. Download the programme HERE

*Royal Society, London, UK: 'Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy'. 21 - 22 October 2013. (To listen to the talks see THIS page).

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia: 'Alfred Russel Wallace- His Predecessors and Successors. Naturalists, Explorers and Field Scientists in South-east Asia and Australasia.' 7-8 November 2013.

Society for the History of Natural History & Linnean Society of London, UK: 'Unremitting passion for the beauty and mystery of the natural world - Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary'. 7 June 2013. Download the abstracts of the talks HERE. Also see THIS and THIS.

Other Events

*Ancestor's Trail 2013: 24-25 August 2013.

Consensus Science Talks: 16 November 2013.

Evening reception at the Linnean Society of London. 16 November 2013.

Harvard University, USA: 'Alfred Russel Wallace Day'. 26 October 2013.

*Oxford University, UK: 'Wallace`s legacy: Evolution, biogeography and modern biology'. 2 November 2013.

*'Wallace Week' in Neath, Wales: 15 - 22 June 2013.

Wallace in Bristol: 24 August 2013.

Public Talks

An 'educated guess' is that 200 talks about Wallace took place in at least 17 countries around the World (UK, Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia). There are too many to list so please see the Wallace100 events list which can be downloaded HERE (it is a pdf file). Also see the Wallace Facebook page where others are listed, and note that additional talks were associated with Wallace exhibitions listed above (as well as the conferences, obviously!).

These are a few talks which are available as recordings on the Web:

David Attenborough"Wallace and the birds of paradise". Audio talk at the American Museum of Natural History in November 2013.

*George Beccaloni & Caroline Catchpole (Natural History Museum, London). Video presentation about Wallace and a behind-the-scenes look at the the London Natural History Museum's Wallace Archive. January 2013.

Andrew Berry (Harvard University). Audio of talk given at Harvard Museum of Natural History's Alfred Russel Wallace Day on October 26 2013.

Oscar Flores Villela (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). "Alfred Russel Wallace, the last of the great Victorians (1823-1913)" a talk given on November 13, 2013. 

The following lecture series were dedicated to Wallace:

Cardiff University, Wales: 'Wallace Legacy Lecture Series' - a series of 9 talks from October 2013 until June 2014.

National Taiwan Museum, Taipei, Taiwan: 'Wallace's death Centennial Lecture Series' - a series of 7 talks from 2 November to 14 December 2013.

*Natural History Museum, London, UK: 'Wallace100 lectures' - a series of 9 monthly talks - February to November 2013.

University of Alberta, Canada: 'More than Natural Selection' - a series of 5 talks in October 2013. (Also see THIS. Videos of these talks can be seen on THIS page).

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