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Professor Julie-Marie Strange and Diane James of Blue Cross animal charity discuss the history of pets and our relationship with animals.

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In final Salon of the season, we consider the role of animals in the home and workplace as family members and work companions. We will also explore some of the more fascinating stories about the history of our relationship with domesticated animals and pets - how we love, neglect and ultimately mourn their passing. Guest speakers Professor Julie-Marie Strange and Diane James.

Professor Julie-Marie Strange

Having spent sixteen years at Manchester, Julie-Marie Strange moved to Durham University as Professor of Modern British History in October 2019. The pastimes of her youth - hanging around Victorian cemeteries with her border collies - gave a clear indication of what would become her principal academic pursuits: histories of death and dogs in the Victorian period. She is the co-author of The Invention of the Modern Dog: Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain (Johns Hopkins, 2018) with Michael Worboys and Neil Pemberton and her new book, with Jane Hamlett, ‘Pets: A History’ will be out next year.

Diane James

Diane James is the manager of Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Service, the team provides support for any type of animal loss by free phone and email every day of the year. As well as training vets and animal organisations in pet loss, Diane has spoken at many conferences and appeared on national and local Television and radio. Diane is also co-chair of pets passing, an event held a number of times a year with Professor Julie Marie strange and she is also a trustee of Helplines partnership.

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The event is free of charge but as a small charity we welcome your donations as your help will enable us to continue our work in these difficult times.

Suggested donations from £3.00 - £10.00. All donations are gratefully received. Thank you.

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If you require subtitles to the salon, please download the latest version of Zoom for the closed caption facility. If you have any other access requirements for this event, please email janine@manchesterhistories.co.uk asap before the day of the event.

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