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Wallace Collection

Alfred Russel Wallace co-discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection. The Wallace Collection brings together a remarkable selection of digitised letters, notes, articles and even some of the insect specimens he collected on his travels.

Transcriptions and interpretations complement items in the collection and give a rare and personal insight into the extraordinary life and work of Wallace, the naturalist, collector, spiritualist and family man.

  • Introduction

    Find out about the Wallace Collection at the Museum and discover the importance of the insect specimens.

  • Online collection
    Online collection

    Explore the online collection and gain insight into Wallace’s life and work.

  • Search

    Looking for something specific? Can’t find what you are looking for? Try the search.

  • Wallace Collection learning activities
    Learning activities

    Practice research skills using letters and material from the collection. Particularly relevant to post-16 science in society or history students.

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Contact us

For enquiries about the Wallace Collection please email the library