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Expert Talk: Fairies in Illustration

30 January @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

See how fairies and elves have been imagined from the early Victorian period to the 1970s.

Complementing our current special exhibition, we are delighted to announce our new Expert Talk ‘Fairies in Illustration’ on Thursday 30th January delivered by Geoffrey Beare.

The talk will provide an overview of the different ways in which fairies, elves and goblins were portrayed by illustrators between 1850 and the late 1980s.

It will be illustrated with a variety of images, some familiar and many unfamiliar. It will include an overview of William Heath Robinson’s depiction of the ‘fairy world’ at different stages of his career and of the blossoming of flower fairies during the inter-war years.

The Speaker: Geoffrey Beare is Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the Heath Robinson Museum. He is chairman of the Imaginative Book Illustration Society (IBIS) and edits and designs the Society’s publications. He is curator of the current special exhibition.

Refreshments provided in the museum before and after the talk.

Image: Fairy Stories by Helen Jacobs, © The estate of Helen Jacobs

Booking Information:
Event runs from 6:30pm to 8.30pm; talk starts 7pm.

The museum will be open after the talk until approximately 8:30pm to view the exhibition ‘Fairies in Illustration’. You can buy tickets at the museum during opening hours Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm. Alternatively, click below to book your ticket now.

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30 January
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Verden Gallery, Upstairs at West House
West House, Pinner Memorial Park
Pinner, HA5 1AE United Kingdom
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