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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland delves into the World of Lewis Carroll's Classic tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

A touring exhibition from the British Library, Alice in Wonderland draws together an astonishing array of material from the original manuscript to computer games. However, the undoubted star of the show is a very special object - Alice's real-life looking glass.

On loan from the New Forest Centre in Lymington, Alice Liddell’s mirror – or looking glass – was a cherished possession when she lived at Cuffnells House in Lyndhurst. Carroll was a family friend of the Liddell family, and he invented the story to entertain Alice and her sisters.

Alice in Wonderland follows a chronological path from the first time that Lewis Carroll told his story to Alice Liddell and her sisters during a boat trip on the Thames in 1862, through to the different ways in which generations of illustrators, artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers have interpreted the story and its characters in the 150 years since it was first written.

Alongside the mirror, the exhibition includes illustrations and drawings by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham and Salvador Dali. Other highlights include a first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by John Tenniel, a silent film from 1903 by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, the very first film adaption of the book, and early Alice memorabilia including wooden figurines, tea tins and a postage stamp case.

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice in Wonderland at the Willis Museum
  • Alice in Wonderland at the Willis Museum
  • Alice in Wonderland at the Willis Museum
  • Alice in Wonderland at the Willis Museum