Animal Encounters in the RESP Archive

Exploring animal-human relationships across the Regional Ethnology of Scotland Project

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Delving into the hundreds of interviews held by the Regional Ethnology of Scotland Project (RESP), the stories selected in this exhibition reveal the varied and complex relationships that can exist between people and animals.

Through audio recordings, images and videos, this exhibition highlights how connections between humans and animals have shifted in recent decades; reflecting wider cultural and environmental concerns present in Scottish society today.

The constantly evolving nature of the relationship between humans and animals makes it challenging to neatly classify the stories and memories found in the RESP archive. Instead, the three categories which organise the exhibition - for us, with us, around us - are intended as loose themes that might frame or challenge your interpretation of the content found in this exhibition.

The interviews held digitally and freely available on the RESP website are candid and honest, touching on all aspects of life in Scotland from the early years of the twentieth century to the present day. The relationship between people and animals is just one subject it is possible to gain insight from by exploring the extensive RESP archive.