19 June 2014

Animal Commodities

Andrew Flack explores how Bristol Zoo was at the centre of an extraordinary trade in exotic animals in the nineteenth century in this illustrated seminar.

During the nineteenth century, the increased reach of the British Empire and the development of animal collections in Europe ensured that there was an increasing market demand for exotic animals to display in menageries, to study and exhibit in zoos, and to keep as pets.

Andrew Flack will examine the mechanics of this process and how this contributed to the depletion of the biodiversity of the British Empire.

Andrew Flack is studying for a PhD at the University of Bristol.

The event is part of the UWE Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2013-14.