Famous illustrations will be coming to Bury St Edmunds

A selection of Sir John Tenniel's illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland books will be on show at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds over the summer.

A selection of the best of Sir John Tenniel's illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice books - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there (1872) - will be on show at Moyse’s Hall Museum from Saturday 8th June to Sunday 1st September 2019.

John Tenniel spent all of his life in London where he worked as a political cartoonist for Punch magazine, but in 1864 he was approached by Lewis Carroll (an Oxford mathematics don whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) with the request to illustrate a small nonsense book for children he wished to publish. 

This exhibition will host about half of these illustrations and some of the 3D associated with the stories.

‘A Summer of Stories’ coincides with the Looking in Wonderland exhibition. Visitors are invited to come and step inside the pages of the children’s classic with the chance to see a fascinating array of objects from the Heritage collections all themed to bring to life the beloved tales of authors such as Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter, to name a few. 

In addition memorabilia, rare, collectable editions and a healthy dose of magic will engage and inspire children of all ages!

Entry to the exhibition will be via standard admission for the museum (adult £5, concessions £3, family ticket £15). For more information visit Moyse's Hall Museum website.

Beatrix Potter

If you are a fan of Beatrix Potter why not combine a visit to the Looking in Wonderland exhibition at Moyse's Hall Museum with a visit to nearby Melford Hall in Long Melford?

Beatrix Potter was the cousin of Ethel, Lady Hyde Parker, grandmother of Sir Richard Hyde Parker, the present Baronet of Melford Hall. She visited there on many occasions and painted a series of watercolours of the house. The visitors' book contains numerous signatures and sketches, which mark her visits to the house. The collections at Melford Hall include several of her soft toys, which served as models for her illustrations.

Beatrix Potter slept in the West Bedroom when she stayed at Melford Hall. The room is furnished as it would have been when she frequently visited, with a Victorian bed and furniture. To the amusement of the Hyde Parker children she would bring her small animals on her visits to the Hall and house them in the adjoining turret room (which can be seen through the open door).

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