Last Thursday our curator Sara and learning officer Eleanor were invited to the Natural History Museum for the unveiling of a new portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace.
Alfred Russel Wallace, who attended Hertford Grammar School as a child, was an explorer, naturalist and intellectual who co-discovered the process of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin. This year is the centenary of his death and across the world there are going to be events, exhibitions and projects to commemorate his achievements and to introduce him to members of the general public who have only heard of Darwin.
The portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace by artist J W Beaufort was donated to the Natural History Museum in 1923 and has been re-hung in its original home in the Central Gallery of the museum near a statue of Darwin. Next time you visit the Natural History Museum make sure you look out for him and let us know!
Later this year Hertford Museum will be hosting an exhibition and programme of events as our own contribution to Alfred Russel Wallace’s centenary but while you’re waiting for that why not take a look at this incredible collection of his letters which the Natural History Museum have now put online.