Hiya Cupcakes! In case you couldn’t tell by the title already, let me tell you a secret. Everything today will be centered around the popular story of Alice in Wonderland. On my trip to London, I was lucky enough to be able to make a detour to the British Library. Not only is the building incredibly beautiful, most of their exhibitions are free and exciting as well! If that doesn’t convince you, their large piazza outside with its seating accommodations might. Here you can enjoy the sun while reading a book or simply relax after a long day. In addition, there’s a small amphitheatre for open-air performances, a few sculptures and a café.
Alice in Wonderland
What immediately caught my interest though is the temporary Alice in Wonderland exhibition which was fortunately still running while I was in London. The display celebrates the 150th birthday of the popular novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which is commonly abbreviated as Alice in Wonderland and features original manuscripts, drawings and even modern adaptions like the Disney movies and video games. Even though the exhibition area is small there are many things to be seen and explored. If I would have had the time I could’ve easily spent a few hours reading through each manuscript and sat down to watch the whole movie. As a contrast to the original items, the British Library and GameCity are showcasing two video games which were created as a submission for the annual Off the Map game development competition. Simply pick up the controller and lose yourself in a digital version of Alice in Wonderland! Head over to GameCity’s website for more information about the upcoming competition featuring three popular Shakespeare themes. For those of you who don’t enjoy newer media types there are also games with a more practical approach.
Whilst you’re there you should also visit the Sir John Ritblat Gallery where you can browse through various books and manuscripts including Captain Cook’s journal, Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby. Like the Alice in Wonderland exhibition, this one’s also completely free of charge.
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
The pop-up Shop
If you’ve been following my blog and seen all my hauls you’ll know how much I love shopping and browsing through stores. Even if you don’t want to see the exhibition a trip to the British Library is worth it because this small shop section is adorably decorated and packed with Alice in Wonderland related goodies. I’m not sure how long I spent in there browsing their selection and taking pictures but it must’ve been over an hour and I left with four new additions to my own library.
If you get the chance and love this novel as much as I do I highly recommend a visit. This special exhibition is open until Sunday, the 17th of April 2016, so make sure to go before it’s too late! For more information and details on the exhibition visit their official website. Also let me know in the comments if you enjoyed the exhibition or if you think something worth mentioning is missing and why?