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Alice in Wonderland anniversary

On the 4th of July 1862, the first version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was told to Alice and her sisters, which is 158 years ago today!

Are you celebrating the story’s anniversary? Oxford’s yearly “Alice’s Day” is now going virtual because of COVID-19, so check out their page for inspiration regarding activities you can do yourself or with your family: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/about-us/alices-day-1

I myself have participated in the ‘Picture This’ challenge and have made several recreations of the original illustrations with stuff in and around the house. Here are the ones that I think turned out best:

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Virtual Alice’s Day

Every year around the 4th of July there is Alice’s Day in Oxford. Because of COVID-19, this year’s event will be digital!

As this year is the 200th anniversary of John Tenniel’s birth, the theme of the day will be ‘Picture This’. Elements of the programme include:

  • A live draw-along;
  • Picture This Challenge: recreate scenes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass at home;
  • Making a tea party using only items which have come from plants and trees.

For more details, see https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/about-us/alices-day-1. The full programme will be posted on the 4th of July.

Exhibition: “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”

Only three more months until the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will open their long awaited Alice in Wonderland exhibition. Tickets are available since today!

The exhibition explores the “origins, adaptations and reinventions” of the story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and “charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages”.

The exhibition is set up as a theatrical show, which means that there will be theatrical sets, large digital projections and ‘immersive environments’. There will be over 300 objects to explore, related to film, performance, fashion, art, music and photography.

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Lewis Carroll’s 188th birthday

Happy un-unbirthday, Lewis Carroll! Today the author of the ‘Alice’ books would have turned 188 years old.

According to the Nursery ‘Alice’, he would have liked a bowl of oatmeal-porrige best today. So here’s one to you, Mr. Carroll!

bowl of oatmeal-porridge

“Do you know, one day we remembered it was Dash’s birthday that day. So we said “let’s give Dash a nice birthday-treat, like what we have on our birthdays!’ So we thought and we thought “Now, what is it we like best of all, on our birthdays?’ And we thought and we thought. And at last we all called out together “Why, it’s oatmeal-porridge, of course!’