Helen Cowie – Doing a Roaring Trade: Travelling Menageries in 19th-Century Britain

Event Date: 14 May 2012
Birkbeck College
Room B13,
43 Gordon Square,
London WC1H

Birkbeck Arts Week

 Romantic Objects Lecture:

Dr. Helen Cowie (University of York)
Doing a Roaring Trade: Travelling Menageries in 19th-Century Britain

Helen Cowie’s research project explores the collection, study and exhibition of exotic animals (c.1750-1880), how contemporaries conceptualised rare animals, where they encountered them and what symbolic, pedagogic and scientific value they attached to specimens in zoological gardens and touring menageries.

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