Practise research skills with the following activities. Please read the notes before you begin.
Guidelines on developing your skills. Includes notes on primary and secondary sources and how to quote references.
Write a letter describing Wallace’s dramatic shipwreck to develop your research skills by pinpointing key facts.
Read Wallace’s letters to investigate how his ideas developed.
Consider what it was like to be a prominent Victorian scientist like Wallace.
Use Wallace's letters to draw your own conclusions about the controversy over whether Darwin or Wallace first came up with the idea of natural selection.
Newspaper reports are not always accurate. Use a press cutting about Wallace to spot the journalist’s mistakes.
Read these letters to gain an insight into lesser-known, but interesting, aspects of Wallace’s life.