Celebrating the enduring power of Lewis Carroll’s original story and the first illustrations by John Tenniel, this exhibition explores how the story of the girl who went down the rabbit hole continues to inspire and entertain 150 years after it was first published.
One of the British Library’s most loved treasures, Lewis Carroll’s iconic handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, and an entry from Carroll’s diary detailing the ‘golden afternoon’ on 4 July 1862 when he first told the story to Alice Liddell and her sisters, provide the starting point for the exhibition, which goes on to explore the different ways in which generations of illustrators, artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers have interpreted the story and its characters.
New illustrated editions often mirror the period in which they were created, from Mabel Lucie Attwell’s rosy-cheeked Alice of 1910 and Charles Robinson’s art nouveau style, to Salvador Dalí’s surrealist lithographs and Mervyn Pearke’s darker vision of Wonderland born out of his experiences during the Second World War.
The exhibition is accompanied by an Alice in Wonderland pop-up shop and a series of Alice-inspired events including a family workshop, live comedy and music, talks and discussions.
Alice in Wonderland continues at the British Library to Sunday 17 April 2016
Monday to Thursday 9:30 am to 8 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11 am to 5 pm
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Helen Melody is co-curator of the Alice in Wonderland exhibition and Lead Curator of Contemporary Literary and Creative archives at the British Library. She has worked with a number of literary and theatrical archives and manuscripts including the archives of W.H. Auden, the Brontës, Angela Carter, Laurie Lee, Wilfred Owen and Edward Upward.