Breed: The British and their Dogs

On the eve of Wednesday 3rd October Manchester Museum opened it’s new temporary exhibition – Breed: The British and their Dogs.

Not only were there treats for humans on offer, along with canine-themed beverages but we had some very special guests too!

Ruby, jumping the ribbon, to open the Breed exhibition.
© Paul Cliff

To celebrate the exhibition’s exploration of six breeds linked with British History – the Borzoi, Bulldog, Bloodhound, Pekingese, Collie and Irish Wolfhound – the Kennel Club arranged for their members to bring one of each breed to attend the opening so visitors could see them in all their splendor and understand just what it is about dogs that make them our ‘best friends’.

In addition, the individual to officially open the exhibition for the public was special guest Ruby – a miniature Schnauzer owned by Museum Director, Nick Merriman.

It was a fantastic opening event with the very dintinguishing difference that humans weren’t the only species to attend!  The exhibition has been developed with The University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and supported by the AHRC and will be at the Museum until 14th April 2013.

In the Learning Team we will be preparing some self-guided resources to accompany the exhibtion and we have a very special Secondary session called British: Born and Bred that investigates the concept of Britishness and how these dogs might represent particular periods of British History.

For more information on this Secondary workshop please contact Cat Lumb.

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