Though taxidermy had been around in primitive forms for hundreds of years it was a German, Herman Ploucquet, who was responsible for initiating the Victorian craze for anthropomorphic taxidermy (that is the dressing of animals in human clothes) with his display at the Great Exhibition in 1851. This inspired the English 19th Century creators of anthropomorphic taxidermy dioramas, such as Walter Potter.
In his talk Pat Morris will discuss the ethical issues surrounding anthropomorphic taxidermy. Is is demeaning to animals? Or is it just a whimsical and amusing way of thinking about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world? Is a stuffed mouse in bonnet and apron really any worse than the illustrations we love in Beatrix Potter's books?
Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's Gin Cocktail.
This salon in the cemetery is part of the London Month of the Dead 2017. Twenty percent of all revenue is donated towards a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery.
Dr Pat Morris has published over 80 scientific papers and has written many books, mostly about mammals. He is best known for his studies on hedgehogs over the last 40 years. He was Senior Lecturer in Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London and is an Honorary Life Member of the Guild of Taxidermists.