Strange Beastly Buildings: Animal Housing in Historic Parks and Gardens

Olney Archaeological Society

Tuesday, 1st October 2019 from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Olney Centre, High Street, Olney MK46 4EF

Speaker: Dr Paul Stamper (

Paul Stamper is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of English Local History at the University of Leicester. Between 1996 and 2016 he worked for English Heritage (now Historic England).

He will explore how the well-to-do have always had much to do with animals, and housing for them occurs in almost every historic park. While some such buildings are strictly functional, others are architecturally ambitious, or downright eccentric. This illustrated talk will look both at the buildings, and the place animals have played in aristocratic society.

Visitors are welcome; an attendance fee of £3.00 is charged for non-members and includes tea or coffee.

OAS programme of Lectures 2019-2020