Girls and Boys in Storyland goes on tour!

An edited version of the successful exhibition will go on tour later this month to other Devon Libraries. If you didn’t see the full version of the exhibition at Exeter Central Library then make sure you try and catch it on its travels to the following locations over the next few months.

From 25th July it will be at The Hayridge, Cullompton, from there it will travel to Totnes Library from 17th August and then on to Seaton Library from 14th September.

A Happy Ending for Girls and Boys in Storyland

Since Girls and Boys in Storyland finished at the end of May, we’ve had a chance to collate the feedback from visitors, and some of the many positive comments are displayed in the Wordle above (click on it to make it larger). The overall message was clear: the chance to see items from the libraries’ special collections was a valued one, and residents from Exeter and beyond would like to see more exhibitions like this! Many thanks are due to all who left feedback, and to everybody to stopped to look at the exhibitions.

By clicking here, you can access a list of all the items in the exhibitions.

Who Lives in Storyland?

Take a look at the Devon Libraries Flickr page to see some great photos of the exhibition launch event back in April. Amanda Sabin from Double Elephant helped to get the Easter holidays off to a great start by guiding families through the process of monoprinting. The aim was to make a book cover inspired by the exhibition, and there were some very impressive creations!

Victorian and Edwardian Children’s Book Covers: A Gallery

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Here’s a selection of bold and colourful book covers that feature in the exhibitions. The nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century fondness for dividing girls’ and boys’ reading material along gendered lines is very evident in the cover images and titles of many of these books!

Making the Exhibitions

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Part of the Girls and Boys in Storyland project has been to document the process of putting the exhibitions together to create a reference resource for other organisations carrying out similar projects. This gallery contains some images taken at the beginning of the project, when the materials were being selected, as well as pictures of … Continue reading

What do you think of the exhibitions?

If you’ve seen Girls and Boys in Storyland at Exeter Central Library or the University Research Commons, then we hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the exhibits. Please let us know what you think by filling in a feedback form, or by posting a comment  here on the blog. Your feedback is crucial for helping us to prove that Exeter wants more exhibitions and events like this. Continue reading

The Little Folks Painting Book

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This gallery contains pages from a Victorian colouring book for you to print out and colour in! The outlines  were drawn by the popular illustrator, Kate Greenaway, for children to paint with watercolours. The “Little Folks” Painting Book also contained stories and verses, which were meant to inspire young artists and be of interest to … Continue reading

Collection of Children’s Historical Books at Taunton Library

Illustration by E. V. B. from from The Story Without an End

The exhibition at Exeter Central Library will also feature books on loan from Taunton Library, which houses the collection of Children’s Historical Books belonging to Somerset Libraries. The collection consists of about 1,800 works for children published between 1790 and 1910. It covers diverse subjects in a range of formats and includes nursery stories, fairy tales, poetry, verses, rhymes, songs, biography, religion, history, travel, geography, natural sciences, games, pastimes, alphabets, dictionaries and toy books. Continue reading

Easter Opening Times for Exhibitions

If you’re thinking of visiting the Girls and Boys in Storyland exhibitions over the Easter holidays (and we hope you are!) then please check the Easter opening times before your visit. Exeter Central Library is shut on Good Friday (6 April) and Easter Monday (9 April) but otherwise open as normal. The opening times for the University’s Research Commons can be found here.