Becoming Your Dog

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

The Victorian era in Britain is considered a watershed for changing attitudes towards animals, especially the role of dogs in people’s daily lives.

Through archaeological analyses of dogs and pet-related material culture, this talk explores our relationship with pets, both in life and in death. The talk will also examine how 19th-century developments impacted our relationships with animals today.

Dr Eric Tourigny is a zooarchaeologist and Lecturer in Historical Archaeology at Newcastle University. Through combined analyses of animal bones, archaeological remains and historic documents, Eric has published extensively on the relationships between people and animals in 17th to 20th-century Britain and North America. His current research project is looking at the welfare, death and memorialisation of animals in Victorian Britain.

There will be a bar available at the event which will take place in Coalbrookdale's Glass Classroom, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th August 2022.

Tickets cost £5.00, with free admission for Friends of the museum.

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