The Vivarium Society – a club in the North-West of England in the 1950s

I had never heard of the Vivarium Society until I recently read this account by ‘Aquarius’ (clearly Eric Hardy) in Water Life (December 1955).

Vivarium Society

This small group appears to have been based around Robert Jackson who, as described in an earlier post, was a leading dealer in all animals at the time.

There were a few amateur aquarium clubs that included the keeping of reptiles and amphibians in their titles and activities in the 1950s but this mixed interest, seen also in the pages of Water Life and The Aquarist, seems to have died off rapidly as the fish fancy mentality and the competitive showing of artifically selected fish breeds came to the fore amongst the fish keepers.


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