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Philip Robinson Library

A Lilliputian Miscellany Poster

A Lilliputian Miscellany

Curated by Brian Alderson, the display is designed to show some of the less usual books and manuscripts in his Collection and to relate many of them to Brian’s career as writer, translator, and editor. What a commingling will be seen as the Brothers Grimm rub shoulders with Charles Kingsley, or a tribute is paid to those Northumbrian figures of Thomas Bewick illustrating Mother Goose’s Melody and Joseph Ritson with his Gammer Gurton’s Garland.

Brian Alderson is one of the pioneers of children's literature studies in Britain and a distinguished author, reviewer, translator and collector. To find out more about Brian Alderson, click here.

The exhibition is to celebrate the gift of the Alderson Collection to Newcastle University and Seven Stories.

Level 2, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University

June - August 2017






Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms

Inspiring Archives: A Story of the Civil War in the North East

Inspiring Archives: A Stoy of the Civil War in the North East

“Belta, Mint and Enjoyable”……were the words used by one Year 8 student to describe their experience at our Civil War Celebration Day at Tynemouth Priory on 22 June. 

The day saw the culmination of a year’s activities between Newcastle University Special Collections, four local schools, four academic schools, English Heritage and heritage professionals that was inspired by our 17th century collections. 

Whilst involving numerous partners at heart the project was about inspiring Year 8 students to engage with History, the University and their local heritage in a fun and innovative way. The whole project was kindly funded by Heritage Lottery Funding.  

This exhibition highlights the journey enjoyed by all Year 8 students…

Ground Floor, Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms, Newcastle University

July - September 2017




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