We’ve all heard the saying that dogs are a ‘man’s best friend’, right? Breed takes this phrase to a whole new level as it exposes Britain’s enduring relationship with its hounds. A collaboration between Manchester Museum and the University’s Faculty of Sciences, the exhibition traces the origins of pedigree dog breeding and how the affectionate love affair all began. Focusing on six different pedigrees (bloodhound, borzoi, bulldog, collie, Irish wolfhound and Pekingese), Breed explores how each holds its own individual place in British history and culture: from the bulldog’s patriotic stance during WWII to the bloodhound tracking down Jack the Ripper, the exhibition aims to establish the real stature of man’s best friend. Having said that, it’s best to leave the pet pooch at home for this one; instead, bring along family and friends of all ages for a fascinating glimpse into the history of Britain’s canine culture. Entry is free and the exhibition is open seven days a week. A special Breed After Hours evening event takes place on Thu 24 Jan (6.30pm – 9.30pm, FREE). Adults are encouraged to drop in, hang out with dogs who are featured in the show, as well as Pets as Therapy Dogs and have a go at the app game that’s been developed for the exhibition.  Sounds like a good chance for dog loving singles to meet like minded friends we think. Click here for more info.

Sat 6 Oct 2012 – Sun 14 Apr 2013, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2634, Tue – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun – Mon 11am – 4pm, FREE, www.museum.manchester.ac.uk

Photo: Paul Cliff

Thu 24 Jan
Hannah Phillips
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Thu 24 Jan 2013