With the largest dog library and collection of dog paintings in
Europe and a history that spans more than 140 years, the Kennel
Club can rival London's most popular museums and is offering free
tours to all dog lovers.
The Kennel Club has occupied 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, since
1956 but due to redevelopment work in the area it will be moving to
another site next year, so this is one of the last chances to see
the Club's long-standing home.
The Kennel Club is offering free guided tours to members of the
public, breed clubs and canine societies. Anyone who is interested
in finding out all about the Kennel Club, how it started, its
growth and its continuing efforts to improve the health and welfare
of millions of dogs in the UK is welcome.
Visitors will have the unique opportunity of viewing the world
famous Keddell Memorial Trophy, awarded to Crufts Best in Show, and
the famous painting 'A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society'
by Sir Edwin Landseer, that is currently on loan to the Kennel Club
from the Tate. They will also be invited to peruse the world's
biggest canine library.
The Kennel Club Art Gallery's current exhibition, The
Staffordshire Bull Terrier and its Ancestors, which runs until 20th
June can be seen as part of the tour.
Ciara Farrell, Kennel Club Library and Collections Manager, said:
"As the largest of their kind in Europe, the Kennel Club's art and
library collections are a must see for any dog lover. We have a
famous painting on loan from the Tate, the famed Crufts Best in
Show trophy and regularly changing art exhibitions. The tours that
the Kennel Club runs offer a fascinating insight into the history
of the Club and all of the work it does that impacts on the future
of dogs. Any dog lover or lover of art wanting to come on one of
the pre-arranged group tours, a private tour or who wants to see
the library and gallery should get in touch."
All tour places must be booked in advance. Private group tours are
available on request for a small charge of £5 per person, or open
tours will take place free of charge on the following dates:
- 10th April
- 23rd April
- 7th May
- 16th May
- 4th June
- 19th June
If you would like to attend one of the tours, contact the Kennel
Club on 020 7518 1064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/artgallery.