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Thurrock Local History Society receives lottery boost

THE Thurrock Local History Society has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage1 grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, Raising Awareness of Alfred Russel Wallace in Thurrock has been given £10,000 for the preparation and display of material to be used to raise the local profile of Alfred Russel Wallace who was resident at The Dell in Grays Thurrock in the 19th century.

The Thurrock Local History Society will collaborate with the Thurrock Museum and the Thurrock Heritage Forum to support local volunteers who will prepare exhibition material about the prominent Victorian scientist Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace was the co-discoverer (along with Darwin) of natural selection – the mechanism underlying evolution. The volunteers will visit the Natural History Museum, the Essex Record Office, the Thurrock Museum and other places to learn about:

 The life of Alfred Russel Wallace;

 his role in the discovery of Natural Selection as the mechanism driving evolution;

 his other achievements (the Wallace Line, for example);

 the building of The Dell and its surrounding landscape;

 life in Thurrock around the period that Wallace lived here.

The volunteers will then produce interpretation panels and leaflets to be displayed at the Thurrock Museum and at local events such as the Orsett Show.

Commenting on the award, Susan Yates, the Society’s chairman said: “We are delighted to receive this grant to raise the profile of one of Thurrock’s most eminent residents. We hope that many local people will volunteer to be part of the project.”

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