Today’s blog is going to come in two parts- part one about some wonderful posters you can now get in our shop and part two is a World of Wallace update!
Two new posters
From today you can buy large copies of two fantastic posters from our collections. These posters were both designed as satirical takes on elections in the 19th century but they’re great fun even if you don’t know the politicians they were referring to.
Two Giants of Guildhall
This is from the (uncontested) parliamentary election in 1802. The two giants, Gog & Magog, represent Hertford’s two parliamentary members Nicolson Calvert & Edward Spencer Cowper.
The posters can be ordered from our shop in person or by emailing us. The come in two sizes and can be printed in colour or black & white.
A2 – colour £15 or black and white £10
A3 – colour £6 or black and white £5
World of Wallace
In case you haven’t seen already there is now a World of Wallace tab on our website and from there you can navigate to pages about the exhibition, our events, the schools programme, where to find more information about Wallace online and also a special “Behind the Scenes” page. The first of our Behind the Scenes videos went live on our YouTube channel on Friday so make sure you check it out and subscribe to be notified when the next one goes up.
We’re working hard on finalising the text for our exhibition panels at the moment and discovering some great stories from Alfred Russel Wallace’s life alongside the important discoveries he made and the animals he collected. One of my favourites so far is his reaction to an earthquake soon after he arrived on the island of Ternate (as described in his book The Malay Archipelago.
I had just awoke at gun-fire (5 A.M.), when suddenly the thatch began to rustle and shake as if an army of cats were galloping over it, and immediately afterwards my bed shook too […] I said to myself “Why, it’s an earthquake,” and lay still in the pleasing expectation of another shock; but none came, and this was the only earthquake I ever felt in Ternate.
Make sure you’ve got all our World of Wallace events in your diary and follow us on twitter, facebook, youtube and/or here on the blog for all the latest Wallace updates!