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Watch this space for forthcoming events and activities at Islington Museum and Local History Centre in 2014. 

Beastly Islington: Living Alongside the Animals

Venue: Islington Museum
Date and time: 6.30-7.30pm, Thursday 11 September 2014
Admission and booking: Free. To book a place visit our Eventbrite booking page

Today it is rare to find mention of Islington animals in the newspapers but in the 19th century the 'Islington Gazette', for example, was full of animal tales – from the plight of tram horses and anger directed at organ grinders & their dangerous monkeys to concerns over dog mutilation at Crufts and cows charging into chemist shops. Hannah Velten will explore these articles, and other contemporary writings, to see just how animals impacted on the everyday lives of Islington’s population, both on those working with the animals and those observing the animals, and how this animal-human relationship evolved over time, with particular reference to animal welfare.

Hannah Velten is a writer and private researcher interested in the historical relationship between humans and animals. She has written 'COW' (Animal Series, Reaktion Books), 'MILK: A Global History' (Edible Series, Reaktion Books) and 'Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City' (Reaktion Books). Her website has links to her two animal history blogs: ‘Round The Watertrough’ and ‘Animal History Daily’.