The Lille Collection of Preserved Breeds

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The Lille Collection of Preserved Breeds
Add to Favorites By Stuart Sutton, England   The Collection of preserved poultry of the Natural History Museum of Lille is one of the best kept, largest and most interesting in Europe and dates back to 1823 when the oldest specimen was bequeathed as part of a collection from Mr. Macquart, one of the founders of the museum. In 1854 the catalogue listed a further 19 specimens donated from regional breeders of poultry, the “Jardin d’Acclimatation de Paris” and from the Museum of Paris. However, it is not until the beginning of the 20th century that the Lille Collection expanded, as 75 percent of the current collection was donated between 1895 and 1930, mainly thanks to Mr. Alexandre Detroy, who supplied 142 specimens. Alexandre Detroy was one of founder members of the new “Société des Aviculteurs du Nord” (Society of the Poultry farmers of the North) created in 1891. He

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