'Animal Stories' is an interactive exhibition that tells a secret history of the animals in Hounslow, from the Chiswick House Menagerie to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. The stories are accompanied by illustrations that are activated by augmented reality.
This new project from Creative People and Places Hounslow’s Visual Arts Programme offers an exciting way to delve into Hounslow’s rich and colourful history. From the rare species of snails found in Isleworth Ait, to the thousands of animals entering the UK through Heathrow Airport’s Animal Reception Centre from across the world, this intriguing story is told through the recollections of local people and research of historical records and archives. Travel through time from the Chiswick House Menagerie of the 18th century to the present day to see how our relationship to animals has shaped Hounslow and the communities that live and work here.