Wallace at The Dell

A National Campaign to preserve Wallace's house and gardens in Grays

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On the 5th September, the Friends of Alfred Russel Wallace at The Dell and the Thurrock Local History Society attended the 109th annual Orsett Show, with a display in the A R Wallace Heritage Zone.

The A R Wallace Heritage Zone which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, attracted nearly 2,000 people. In addition to the Friends of Wallace at The Dell and the Thurrock Local History Society, the zone played host to a number of other local organisations - including the Thurrock Museum; the BATA Reminiscence and Resource Centre; the Tilbury Riverside Project; the High House Community Group and the Coalhouse Fort project. All of these groups have received some financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund during the last few years.

At the Friends of Alfred Russel Wallace stand visitors were able to read the story of Wallace and his connection to Thurrock on our display panels and also to look at some examples of plants that Wallace grew in his garden at The Dell. In addition, visitors could examine some Wallace and evolution related material. More than one hundred people took away copies of our new booklet on Wallace, evolution and Thurrock in the 19th century.

Visitors with children were given a Wallace wordsearch and coloured crayons with which to colour a butterfly - very popular with our younger visitors.

We had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day and our volunteers were able to tell them about Wallace and show them where The Dell is located. Among the interesting people who dropped by our stand, there were local MP, Jackie Doyle-Price; George Beccaloni from the A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund and someone in a tiger costume. We were also visited by Michael Casey from YourThurrock.com who will be posting a report on the Your Thurrock web site.


Our display at the Orsett Show.

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


Jackie Doyle-Price MP receiving a copy of our booklet.