Pop-up Exhibition and Public Engagement

Pets and Family Life Project: Our Public Engagement Programme

The project team are working closely with local record offices and archives in London and the South-East to bring the project’s archival finds to new audiences and to share information about pets and pet keeping in the past.

Working together with Hampshire Record Office, Surrey History Centre and Wandsworth Heritage Service, the team have created a pop-up exhibition Pets in the Archives that will be on display at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester from January to March, Surrey History Centre in Woking in April, Battersea Library between 1-25 May and finally Putney Library, as part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, between 26 May – 10 June.


The pop-exhibition uses diaries, photographs, and personal papers to find out how and why some local residents acquired, cared for, played with, and loved their animal companions in the past.

We’re also running a series of talks at participating archives in which we will share our findings with the public. As well as talking about our project we are keen to hear about others’ own histories of pet-keeping.

Talk dates:

Thursday 29th March 1:15pm – “Cats, Dogs and Other Pets in Victorian and Edwardian Hampshire” at Hampshire Record Office. For more details click here.

Saturday 28th April 2pm – “Pets and their People, 1850-1950” at Surrey History Centre. For more details click here.

Friday 8th June, 2pm – “Pets in the Lives of Twentieth-Century Londoners”, at Putney Library. For more details click here.