As a dog lover I was delighted to read that when Tower Bridge re-opens to visitors on 17 May, dogs will also be welcome. The bridge has endured its longest closure since it opened its doors to the public over 125 years ago. 17 May marks the first day of permitted re-opening under the government’s roadmap to easing lockdown. Pre-booking on line will be essential, but Tower Bridge aims to market itself as London’s only major dog-friendly attraction, which is sure-fire way to broaden its post-lockdown appeal.
Back in 2018 I wrote about the 12-week old Weimaraner puppy that had joined Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ Protective Services Team. Riley’s job is to sniff out bugs that can damage textiles in museum collections and, thereby, prevent an infestation taking hold.
I’m delighted to announce that an extended version of my post about Riley has been published on the Sniffing the Past blog. This site, edited by one of my doctoral supervisors, Chris Pearson, presents reflections about dogs in history and is well worth a read. I also write about dogs being trained to sniff out stolen historic artefacts and trafficked antiquities. Hats off to our canine companions who are starting to play a key role in the preservation of our culture and heritage.
A 12-week old Weimaraner puppy is the latest addition to Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ Protective Services Team. Riley is part of a pilot programme. After a year’s training, his job will be to sniff out pests, such as moths and beetles that may be lurking in works made from organic materials like wool, silk and cotton. Weimaraners are highly intelligent, with an incredible sense of smell, and have the stamina to work long hours.
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