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New course: A history of animals in Britain c.1800 -1900

2013 May 5

Sir Walter Scott and Maida, Scott Memorial, Princes Street, Edinburgh, 2012
One of the many versions of the C19th sculpture by John Steell

I am teaching three courses during the summer school at the City Lit in Covent Garden this July and August. The first on the weekend of 27 and 28 July is about how we think about animals in nineteenth century Britain. Although animals have played an important part in the development of modern society their role is often ignored and simply incorporated into existing historical frameworks.

This interactive class will include a number of topics such as :

How did looking at animals influence the way that humans treated them?

Greyfriars Bobby – why was he very much a dog of the nineteenth century?

Can we see traces of the impact of former animals in the landscape today?

It will also explore whether we can have histories of animals – or are they inevitably just about people and people’s perceptions.

The full cost is £54 but there are concessions including a senior fee of £30. I cannot take bookings – though am happy to answer queries about the content. Please click here on City Lit to enrol.


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