Exhibitions

The A Lilliputian Miscellany exhibition
Current exhibition: A Lilliputian Miscellany

June - August 2017, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University. Free: no booking required.

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.

You can also buy a copy of Brian's exhibition catalogue: 'A Lilliputian Miscellany: Bio-bibliographical Notes on a Collection' on the Newcastle University Webstore.


Brian has curated numerous children’s literature exhibitions in the UK and internationally, often with catalogues (noted below):

1968 The British Museum: English children's books

1973 The National Book League: Looking at Picture Books

1983 The British Library: Sing a song for sixpence

1975 Oxford, Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue only for Pictures by Maurice Sendak exhibition

1990-91 New York: The Pierpont Morgan Library: Be merry and wise: the early development of English children’s books.Catalogue published only in 2006, listed among publications above.

1994 Oxford, Christ Church: Childhood re-collected; early children's books from the collection of Marjorie Moon

1999 Norwich, University of East Anglia [with Pat Garrett]: The Religious Tract Society as a publisher of children's books

1999 Newcastle: Playhouse in partnership with the Centre for Children's Books [with Elizabeth Hammill]: Grimm visions [an introductory note]

2002 The National Library of Scotland: This book belongs to me: from Tom Thumb to Harry Potter

2017 Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University: A Lilliputian Miscellany