The Golden Age of Children’s Literature: Library Exhibition at St Hilda's College | University of Oxford

The Golden Age of Children’s Literature: Library Exhibition at St Hilda's College

Event date
Event time
13:00 - 15:00
Venue
St Hilda's College
Cowley Place
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX4 1DY
Venue details

Lady Brodie Room

Event type
Exhibitions
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Changing perceptions of childhood in the 18th century influenced Victorian writers to explore new ways of writing for children, often emphasising imaginative and joyful ways of learning over religious instruction. The publication of books like Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) marked this ‘Golden Age’ of children’s literature: a boom in writing and publishing for the entertainment and edification of children.

Come and encounter St Hilda’s collection of rare children’s books, including a social manual for young ladies, a book of moral instruction coloured-in by a Victorian child, and the first edition of Beatrix Potter’s Roly-Poly Pudding. The exhibition will use the library’s collection to show how children’s literature developed through the Victorian period and introduced themes and literary forms still important to children’s literature today.