We were watching a TV programme on BBC4 last night about preserving heritage in the UK, and learned from this programme that Sir John Lubbock (a leading figure in the heritage movement during the Victorian and Edwardian eras) had a pet wasp.
So, well, we were quite struck by this story.
I mean, we’ve sometimes seen them in pet shop windows before, but have never gone in to ask if they make good pets, how much they cost, will they get on okay with the cat and dog, etc.
But as we’re always keen to check facts, we thought we’d do a quick search in the Archive for a story about Sir John and his wasp – just to make sure it’s not a “shaggy wasp’s tale”.
Lo and behold, we found this newspaper story from 1898 about Sir John’s pet wasp.
Hmm, now we just need to find out what his name was (the wasp, that is)…
Morpeth Herald – Saturday 08 October 1898
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