In 2015 Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” celebrates its 150th anniversary. On a boat ride with the Dean of Christ Church College, Oxford (the college at which Charles Ludwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was then employed as a lecturer in Mathematics), Lewis was inspired by Alice Liddell, the Dean’s 11 year old daughter to come up with a story to entertain Alice and her sisters. The story of a bored little girl called Alice who goes looking for an underground adventure was later to bring him worldwide fame. Indeed, Alice Liddell loved it so much that she asked for the story to be written down. On 4 July 1865 the book was finally published under the pen name Lewis Carroll by Macmillan Publishers. Originally called “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll”, it was illustrated by John Tenniel, a well-known cartoonist whose works are considered classics today.
In honour of this anniversary Moscow is hosting two remarkable exhibitions.
The exhibition in the mansion of Saltykov-Chertkov, Moscow
The first exhibition associated with the 150th anniversary of the timeless children’s book, will take place from 29 May to 7 September 2015 in the mansion of Saltykov-Chertkov, Moscow, where during his first and only overseas trip Lewis Carroll stayed to visit the famous library on Myasnitskya Street. Based on the principle of “opening episodes”, each visitor will have a chance to look at Carroll’s story more dimensionally: with two spinning kinetic bowls instead of a chandelier and a library hung in mid-air. You will have a chance to see how the kaleidoscope is built, the Red and White Queen’s Throne Room, the Dream Suite, the Duchess’s Kitchen, Alice’s Lawn, Jabberwock’s Skeleton, and of course, the White Rabbit House. The exhibition also features fragments of the restored silent picture “Alice in Wonderland” filmed by Cecil Hepworth in 1903 and Jeoffrey Webb’s stained glass from the chapel in Daresbury, L. Carroll’s hometown. Lectures on his works and English literature of the 19th century, express courses on etiquette and art meetings are expected to take place as well.
Alice in Science Land exhibition
The Polytechnic Museum is also celebrating the anniversary by hosting an exhibition from 5 June to 4 October 2015 with a scientific focus. The programme ranges from experimenting with aerodynamic tubes and an opportunity to discover how much you would weight on various planets to learning stunning facts about the nature of real stars and how our brains work.