It is enormously timely that the current Sky History series detailing Britain’s greatest obsessions should focus on Britain’s love of pets tonight. HM the Queen’s love of animals was clear throughout her life and a constant theme during the recent official period of mourning and focus has only intensifies on the positive role pets have in people’s lives.
The Stortfordian Foundation were fascinated to learn that OS Dr Stephanie Howard-Smith (PP,WH,AH,TH, 96-09) will be interviewed during a programme tonight on Sky History, where wildlife expert and presenter Chris Packham will explore Britain’s (and his own) obsession with pets.
Dr Howard-Smith is a Cultural historian of human-dog relations. Her PhD dissertation considered the role of lapdogs in eighteenth-century British culture and society and her published work explores dog culls, canine furniture and porcelain pugs. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at King’s College London and is expertly placed to contribute to this enthralling topic.
You can tune in to watch the programme on Sky History:
Sky: 123 & Sky Glass 115
Virgin Media: 270 & +1 on 271
Wishing Dr Howard-Smith continued success from her participation in the programme, if you are interested to keep up with her work please follow her on Twitter: @SAHowardSmith
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