Human, Almost Human - Human and Anthropomorphic Taxidermy

  • The Dissenters Chapel


  • Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts and Walks & Tours
  • Tickets from £12.00
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  • Sun, 8th Oct 2017 @ 19:30 - 21:00
  • 19:30 - 21:00

The History of Anthropomorphic Taxidermy 

A Salon in the Cemetery with Pat Morris
A part of the London Month of the Dead
At the Dissenters Chapel, Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Green Cemetery

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?

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.





Ticket Event time Cost
Human, Almost Human
LMOD Ticket
19:30 - 21:00 £12.00



The Dissenters Chapel, 391, Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5AB

Nearest Station

Ladbroke Grove (Tube)


A Curious Invitation and Antique Beat
The London Month of the Dead has been curated by a Curious Invitation and Antique Beat to inform, entertain and provoke on the subject of death and London cemeteries.

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Human, Almost Human - Human and Anthropomorphic Taxidermy
Human, Almost Human - Human and Anthropomorphic Taxidermy
Human, Almost Human - Human and Anthropomorphic Taxidermy
Human, Almost Human - Human and Anthropomorphic Taxidermy