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Through the Looking-Glass Display

  • April 6; 2019 to August 9; 2019
  • 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Visit the Magna Carta Vault in Lincoln Castle to see a first edition of Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There' on display, gifted to Alfred Lord Tennyson by Lewis Carrol for Christmas in 1871.

'Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There' follows Alice through a mirror and into a surreal landscape full of fascinating characters having wild adventures. She talks to flowers, enters life size chess games with Kings and Queens and encounters Humpty Dumpty and Tweedledum and Tweedledee along the way.

This first edition copy belonged to Alfred Lord Tennyson's, inscribed and sent to him by Lewis Carrol. The message inside the front cover reads: “Alfred Tennyson, With sincere regards from the Author. Christmas 1871.”

Lewis Carroll was highly skilled in wordplay and combined with his vivid imagination he became a master of absurd and whimsical verse. 'Through the Looking Glass' contains several poems including 'Jabberwocky' and 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'. Many of the nonsensical words from his rhymes like 'galumphing' and 'chortled' have since found their way into the English Dictionary.

The book is filled with memorable illustrations created by Sir John Tenniel, an artist, illustrator and cartoonist also known for his work in Punch Magazine. Tenniel brought Carroll's characters to life in vivid and sometimes grotesque ways. His depictions of creatures like the Jabberwock reveal a dark and even frightening fantasy world that have captured the imaginations of children and adults alike for over 150 years.

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Times & Prices

Saturday 6th April - Friday 9th August:

  • Open daily: 10am – 5pm (grounds close 5:30pm)

Admission to the display in the Magna Carta Vault is included in the Castle Day Ticket (also includes admission to the Medieval Wall Walk and Victorian Prison). Tickets can be bought on the Lincoln Castle Digitickets website:

  • Adult: £14;
  • Concession: £11.50;
  • Child (ages 5 - 16): £7.50;
  • Under 5s: free;
  • Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £35.50;
  • Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities: free.

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