Books for Boys Exhibition at Bateman's
Experience heroism, adventure and empire at the dawn of the First World War in our Books for Boys Exhibition curated by Durham University. It will spark imaginations and excite adventurers.
Until 28 February 2016, 11:30am - 3:30pm, normal admission applies.
Not just for boys
The rise in literacy after the 1870 Education Act led to an explosion of reading opportunities. Concentrating on the decades leading up to the War, Books for Boys explores popular trends that were articulated in books and magazines of the time, helping to form Britain and Germany’s understanding of their place in the wider world.
The exhibition celebrates a Golden Age of books for children and many of the authors whose work is displayed remain popular today. The late Victorian and Edwardian era introduced readers to classics such as The Jungle Book, as well as new genres, such as the spy novel.
Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys: A Handbook in Good Citizenship is on display. He had a vision for an inclusive organisation that boys could join regardless of class or creed, whether they lived in the town or country. Baden-Powell, a great friend of Kipling, based the Cub Scout movement on The Jungle Book.
Children visiting the exhibition can have a go at activities from Scouting for Boys and tasks from historic scout badges as well as spending some time in The Wind in the Willows reading caravan.