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Richard Milner at the Thameside Theatre on 29th July 2015

On the 29th July, the Friends of Alfred Russel Wallace and the Thurrock Local History Society hosted Richard Milner who entertained an audience of more than 100 with a performance of Wallace, Darwin and Spiritualism. As well as brief outlines of their careers, we heard about a legal case for fraud against a renowned spirit-medium, Henry Slade. Wallace’s belief in spiritualism put him on the opposite side to Darwin. The biggest cheer from the audience was when Richard performed (acapella) three songs from his musical entertainment - Charles Darwin: Live & in Concert.

Richard Milner standing outside The Dell

Earlier in the day, Richard was able to visit The Dell - Wallace's Thurrock home. We were fortunate enough to have access to the LSU Convent (formally, The Dell) by courtesy of the La Sainte-Union des Sacrés-Coeurs. We were greeted with kind hospitality for which we are very grateful.

Mike Ostler (Thurrock Heritage Forum) put together a small display of Wallace related items for visitors to look at before and after the talk.

Richard Milner is is an Associate in Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, and currently co-editor of Special Alfred Russel Wallace Issues of Natural History and Skeptic magazines. He is leading a 3 year project, funded by the Templeton Foundation, intended to make Wallace's contributions better known to contemporary audiences.

We would like to involve as many local people as possible in the project to make Alfred Russel Wallace better known in Thurrock. If you would like to be part of the project, please contact the Thurrock Local History Society. You can e-mail: JohnMatthews@thurrock-history.org.uk.