Take Me Back to Manchester Exhibition

You may be familiar with Manchester Museum’s elephant, called Maharajah, who lived at Belle Vue Zoo in Manchester in the 1870s. Maharajah walked, with his trainer Lorenzo, from Edinburgh Zoo to his new home in Manchester.

Oliver East retraced Maharajah’s walk last year, without an elephant, and his drawing of Maharajah’s walk are displayed around Maharajah’s skeleton in the Manchester Gallery.

We liked Oliver East’s illustrations, which show how strange it was for an elephant to walk through England in 1872, but we think it could have been made clearer with captions above the pictures to clearly show where Maharajah is in each picture.

Oliver East has written a graphic novel based on Maharajah’s walk entitled “Take Me Back to Manchester”, which is available in the museum shop.

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