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Our Mythical Childhood
15 November, 2018 - 18 November, 2018Free
This exhibition showcases discoveries made in the University of Roehampton’s extensive archive of children’s literature. Focusing on illustrations in children’s classics, it shows how ancient myths are brought alive to the imagination. Myths from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt have given us iconic characters, such as heroes, gods, and monsters, whose stories are often first encountered when we are children. The way these characters are represented visually in children’s books is crucial to how they are perceived and interpreted. As well as displaying rare books, the exhibition includes items from the open-shelf collection that can be handled and read. Children are also encouraged to produce their own illustrations and add them to the exhibition!
The exhibition will be open between 9:00am and 6:00pm.
There will be a live guide for the exhibition on Thursday and Friday from 11:00am to 12:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm, and on Saturday and Sunday between 11:00am and 2:00pm.
There is also a related event on Wednesday 21 November called ‘Shaping Fables with Marcia Williams’ which must be booked separately.