The Kennel Club is opening its doors to the public and offering guided tours of its art gallery and the world’s largest canine library based at its London headquarters. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of the organisation, and the Kennel Club’s work to improve the health and welfare of dogs in the UK.
Highlights of the tour include the unique opportunity to see the world-famous Cruft’s Best in Show trophy, the Keddell Memorial Trophy, up close; browse the books in the world’s biggest canine library and a rare chance to view Sir Edwin Landseer’s ‘A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society’, currently on loan from the Tate. Guests will also have time to explore the art gallery’s current exhibition, held in partnership with the Mary Evans Picture Library, ‘Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall’, which charts the visual progression of British pedigree dogs through rare photographic records.
Refreshments will be served upon arrival and for a small charge, guests can prolong their visit with a lunch prepared by the catering team.
The next tour takes place on the 30th January and begins at 11am. Places must be booked in advance and there is a small fee of £5 per person to attend. Visitors must book in advance via phone, 020 7518 1064, or via email. Private tours for ten people or more can also be booked for a small fee.