Project Description

Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels
A British Library Exhibition

April 1 – July 3, 2022

An exhibition developed by The British Library, Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels is a family friendly exhibition showcasing the British Library’s vast collection of children’s literature. Featuring almost 50 books, manuscripts and original artwork. The exhibition includes characters such as Tracy Beaker, Pippi Longstocking, Jane Eyre and Matilda. Spanning over 300 years it invites visitors to rediscover their favourite characters, as well as meet new ones. A celebration of rebels in children’s literature, the exhibition will examine what it means to be a rebel through an array of characters from some of the most memorable children’s books.

Lucy Evans, lead curator of Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels, said:

Marvellous and Mischievous is a fun, interactive exhibition all about exploring what makes a young ‘rebel’ in children’s stories. Children’s literature over the last 300 years has shown that rebels come in all shapes and sizes from the wilful, bold Matilda, the ambitious Princess Pearl to the resilient Ahmet from The Boy at the Back of the Class. Many of the books displayed in the exhibition share powerful messages highlighting contemporary themes prevalent amongst the younger generation and illustrate how literature can inspire and motivate society today.’

The exhibition will be accompanied by a reading area, fancy dress and art activities. It will also include a number of workshops and events, keep an eye on our website for more details.

Image: Clarice Bean © Lauren Child, Orchard Books, 2001.