New Special Collections Exhibitions
From The David Wilson Library, University of Leicester
How have children’s books changed over the years? Developments in printing processes have meant a movement from black and white woodcuts (such as William Caxton’s Aesop’s Fables in 1484) through to modern full-colour illustrations.
This exhibition, based on the Higson Collection, concentrates on the Nineteenth Century with examples from British publishers and writers.
It reflects the ethos of the times: the Darton family’s desire to educate children, Henty’s adventure stories for boys and the distinctive illustrations of Kate Greenaway.
See it all in the Special Collections Exhibition Cases in the basement of the David Wilson Library.
Also, on the 3rd floor of the David Wilson Library is an exhibition looking at Darwin's Origin of Species 150 years on.
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.