Victorian Eco Activism, Manchester and the birth of Birth of the RSPB

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 - 19:00

Two forgotten stories have now been brought thrillingly back to life by writers Henry McGhie and Tessa Boase. For one night only, they are joining forces to shed light on a fascinating moment in time: an era that would shape the world’s view of the environment for generations to come.

For social historians and nature lovers alike, this promises to be a fascinating illustrated talk by two fine authors; Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology at Manchester Museum, and highly-respected author and journalist Tessa Boase.

Henry McGhie’s ‘Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology: Birds, Books and Business’ explores Henry Dresser’s involvement in bird conservation, scientific discovery and the production of scientific knowledge at a hugely exciting time of exploration and discovery.

Tessa Boase’s book ‘Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather’ delves into the murky world of the plumage trade, bringing to life the brave women who fought back on behalf of the birds. This is the story the RSPB has never found time to tell.

Bookings via Eventbrite.

For any queries please contact d.barlow@manchester.gov.uk