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Breed: The British & their Dogs

6 Oct 2012-14 April 2013
Free entry

The history of the British Isles and its inhabitants, both human and canine, has long been entwined. Breed reveals the enduring and affectionate relationship between the British people and their dogs and explores the very beginnings of pedigree dog breeding in Britain.

The exhibition focuses on six pedigree dogs: bloodhound, borzoi, bulldog, collie, Irish wolfhound and Pekingese. Each breed highlights something unique about British history and culture and the connection between human and dog, from the bloodhound’s role tracking down Jack the Ripper to the patriotic spirit the bulldog embodied during WWII.

This exhibition has been developed with The University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and supported by the AHRC.

Family events:

Sat 13 Oct 2012, 11am-4pm - Big Saturday: Dogs on Show

Fri 26 Oct 2012, 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm - Magic Carpet: Cats & dogs

Thurs 1 Nov 2012, 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm: The first CSI: Bloodhounds and crime scent investigation

Mon 1-Fri 12 Apr 2013, 11am-4pm: Easter holidays: puppy puppets

Adult events:

Fri 5 Oct, 1-2pm - The animal estate 25 years on

Tues 23 Oct 2012, 6-8pm - What a dog might tell us: on photography, perfectibility, and the aesthetics of breed

Thurs 24 Jan 2013, 6.30-9.30pm: After Hours: Breed

Breed: The British & their Dogs

The entrance to the Breed exhibition. Image c Paul Cliff

Image c Paul Cliff