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Abbeygate Hall, Shropshire Wildlife Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury SY2 6AH
West Midlands branch

James Williams, University of Sussex, presents the 2019 RSB/WM Darwin Festival lecture:  Darwin's Nemesis?

Wallace famously sent Charles Darwin an outline of the theory of evolution by natural selection before Darwin had completed his major treatise on the subject. This prompted the publication of ‘Origin of Species'. Did Darwin really steal the idea from Wallace? Was Wallace even aware of Darwin's work on species and how does history see the two men?

In this talk, James Williams, from the University of Sussex, will examine the facts surrounding Wallace's work on evolution and some of the more interesting episodes in Wallace's life that saw him oppose Darwin in an infamous case of spiritualist fraud that ended in the Old Bailey.

Further Information

The venue is the lovely, listed Visitor Centre of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, on the edge of Shrewsbury. We will be using the upstairs hall and there is a lift if needed.
The hall is a short walk from the station or there is a car park (pay by hour) outside the hall.
Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) will be available from 14:40.


This event is free to attend but advance booking is essential using the link at the top of the page. Please note if the link is not visible, this event is fully booked.


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