Event Date: 14 May 2012
43 Gordon Square,
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.