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Research Editor - Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project
Salary: Starting from £32,761 per year
Employment Type: Fixed Term, ending 31 August 2020
Hours Per week (exclusive of lunch breaks): 35
Annual Leave: 30 days, in addition to public and bank holidays.
Work Location: 3 Queens Mews, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5AZ
On Wednesday 28th November 2018, the WCP staff (George, Charlotte and Helen) made a trip to Cambridge to meet the Darwin Correspondence Project (DCP) team to discuss the possibility of using the Epsilon data repository they have been developing as the online portal for our project's data.
Since Phase 2 of our project began in December 2017 we have obtained images of 246 letters and other manuscripts which are new to us! These range from a manuscript of one of Wallace's earliest publications "An Essay, On the Best Method of Conducting the Kington Mechanic's Institution", dated 1842 (below), which was published in "The History of Kington" edited by Richard Parry in 1845; to letters by Wallace's son William to Wallace's biographer James Marchant about Wallace's death in November 1913.
Legendary comedian, natural historian and Wallace aficionado Bill Bailey has kindly agreed to become a Patron of our project. Little does he know that we are expecting him to transcribe 20 letters per month for us - just joking Bill!
The WCP now has the world's two most famous Wallace fans as its patrons - Sir David Attenborough and Bill. We are extremely grateful to both of them for their support.
From left to right: George (Director of the WCP); Karen Goldie-Morrison (Trustee of the Charles Darwin Trust);
Brendan Saunders (the WCP's IT consultant); Helen (WCP Researcher); Alison Pearn (Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project)
The Wallace Correspondence Project (WCP) is looking for enthusiastic people who would like to join our team of wonderful volunteers!
We are looking for careful and meticulous volunteers to do one of the following depending on experience level (1 requires the least and 3 the most experience):
173 years after it was written - almost to the day - this letter is the first to pass through our Editorial Process from start to finish!
Alfred Russel Wallace wrote to Henry Walter Bates on the 26th June 1845, listing the insect specimens he was sending. You can see the finished transcript here!
Richard Milner, an anthropologist and historian of science, has published extensively on Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, evolution, and natural history.
Michael D. Barton (right) is an independent historian of science who lives in Portland Oregon, USA. He is interested in all things related to Darwin and evolution, often sharing them through his blog The Dispersal of Darwin.