I spoke briefly about our last Alice-related adventure here and, at the time, I thought that the celebration of Alice's 150th birthday would end after the event but, oh, how wrong I was! We were lucky to discover the exhibition when we did - as it ended yesterday - and we eked as much enjoyment as we could out of it.
The Story Museum describes its building as "dilapidated and atmospheric" on their website, traits that I feel lent themselves well to the charm and quirkiness of Alice in Wonderland. I particularly enjoyed the fact that these fortuitous characteristics were used to great effect throughout the exhibition, as you will see.
Below is the first impression we got of the space. It was lit throughout with downturned teacups attached to saucers. Aren't they super?
Each of the scalloped and artfully arranged tables housed illustrations of Lewis Carroll's well-loved tale - in the signature vibrant colour palette, for the most part. They were all beautifully reimagined but it was the dark and the moody that held me captive for a little longer.
From the fanciful to the practical, no detail had been overlooked - there were even stools provided so that children could take a closer look.
With so much to keep everyone - great and small - amused, we were absolutely spoiled for choice. We made our way to the first of the activity rooms - The Riddle Me Room. A long table was set for drawing and riddles and each chair was adorned with a rather splendid looking hat. Of course nothing compares to seeing it all firsthand but I hope my photos do the superb styling (evident in every corner of the room) justice.
Next door had been designated The Reading Room and it was piled high with every possible version of Alice In Wonderland that you could conceivably imagine. There was a chaise longue on which to recline whilst losing oneself amidst the pages and a cabinet full of curiosities nearby.
The little masterpieces below took artist and musician, George Boreham, seven years to carve out of driftwood. What a labour of love!
We were all so successfully transported into the world of Alice that we could have stayed there forever. As you can see from my verdict above, we would most certainly be back if Tea With Alice ever put on an encore.