Alice's Day at the Bodleian Library

5 July 2014 10.00am 3.30pm


Divinity School (Map)


Rachel Rose Reid


The Bodleian Library offers a free display in the Divinity School, from 10.00am-3.30pm, and storytelling in the quad at 1.30pm with Rachel Rose Reid.

The theme of this year's Alice's Day is 'Underground', and the display reflects this in various ways. The first case of the display makes a link with WW1, showing Sherriff's play 'Journey's End' in which characters in the trenches read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a 'buried treasure' in the form of a rare hornbook from c. 1620 that was found during building work in Brasenose College, and a couple of editions of Alice, one published during the war, and another showing her falling underground. The second case looks at other children's fantasy writers on an underground theme, the highlights of which are J R R Tolkien's drawing of Smaug and Pauline Baynes's sketch of C S Lewis's Puddleglum.

About Alice's Day

One golden afternoon on 4 July 1862, Charles Dodgson, an Oxford don, took Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boating picnic up the River Thames from Folly Bridge in Oxford. To amuse the children he told them a story about a little girl, sitting bored by a riverbank, who finds herself tumbling down a rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy world called Wonderland. The story so delighted the 10-year-old Alice that she begged him to write it down - the result was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865 under the pen name Lewis Carroll. It became one of the best-loved children's books ever written.

To celebrate that first telling, Oxford turns into Wonderland for one magical day every year.


Admission free

This event is listed under: Displays; Free events
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