A free, family friendly exhibition showcasing the British Library’s vast collection of children’s literature, opening on 8th November 2019 and running until 1st March 2020.
* Featuring over 50 books,
manuscripts and original artwork, the exhibition includes characters such
as Tracy Beaker, Pippi Longstocking, Jane Eyre, Dirty Bertie, Billy from Billy
and the Beast and Matilda and spans over 300 years, inviting visitors
to rediscover their favourite characters, as well as meet new ones
* A celebration of rebels in
children’s literature, the exhibition will examine what it means to be a
rebel through an array of characters from some of the most memorable
* The exhibition is accompanied by a
programme of events including talks from world-famous authors such as
Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child and Malorie Blackman as well as family
Books and manuscripts from the Library’s
collections, in addition to original artwork, will tell the history of rebels in
children’s literature, from the 17th century to items published as recently as
exhibition will highlight how rebels in children’s literature have been presented
in many different ways: characters who stand up for what they believe in, break
away from convention, have a cause they are striving for, are extremely
resilient, survive difficult situations, or are just slightly mischievous. Exploring
characters’ adventures as well as adversities at home, at school and on
journeys, the exhibition will also include interactive elements such as the
opportunity to write your own story, or dress up as a rebel. Exhibition cases
have been lowered especially for this exhibition so young visitors are able to
engage with the literature and artwork on display.
will be a series of events
inspired by the exhibition, including a range ofadult
Illustrating Children’s Literature and Interactive Fiction to a weekend
creative writing masterclass on Children’s Fiction and a study day on Fairy
Tales. School groups can enjoy exclusive access on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
including free, activity-led facilitated workshops for Primary students.
Marvellous and Mischievous:
Literature’s Young Rebels is
a free exhibition, but booking is recommend in advance on the websitehere.