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.
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.
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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!
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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
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
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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
If you’re in Exeter today, then be sure to drop into Central Library between 10am and 3pm to make a monoprint with Double Elephant and celebrate the launch of the exhibitions at Central and at the University!
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
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.