Curiouser and Curiouser: Lifetime and Legacy of Lewis Carroll

It seems there is plenty of life left yet in the works of Lewis Carroll, as Tim Burton's vivid adaption of Alice in Wonderland proved earlier this year.� Closer to home, a whole host of themed events and and exhibitions have kicked off in Guildford

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2010

it seems there is plenty of life left  yet in the works of Lewis Carroll, as Tim Burton’s vivid adaption of Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp and Alan Rickman, proved earlier this year.

And closer to home, a whole host of themed events and exhibitions are about to kick off in Guildford this month, as part of a special festival, Curioser and Curioser: Lifetime and Legacy of Lewis Carroll, to mark the release of the film.

Although he was born in Cheshire and spent much of his career in Oxford, Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) is firmly linked to Surrey’s county town.

He moved his family to Chestnuts, a house overlooking Guildford Castle, and was a regular visitor, completing the Alice sequel, Through the Looking Glass, there in 1871. Completists can also visit the great writer’s grave at Mount Cemetery in the town.

 

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Curioser and Curioser: Lifetime and Legacy of Lewis Carroll

Pick of the highlights:

Exhibitions: Running from Saturday July 10 to Saturday September 18

The Photography of Lewis Carroll from the Lewis Carroll Society; and Hunting the Snark – editions of Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poem. Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ: 01483 444742.

Memorabilia and toys owned by Lewis Carroll and his family; and Alice and Friends – an array of objects, artefacts and figurines depicting characters from Carroll’s novels and poems. Guildford Museum, Castle Arch, Guildford GU13SX: 01483 444 751.

Events:

Friday July 16, 3pmAlice through the Camera Lens A film of Lewis Carroll’s life in Guildford and Oxford and how Alice in Wonderland came to be. Tickets are �5. The Brew House, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ: 01483 444742.

Saturday July 24, various timesCourtroom ChaosAlice will be on trial with other colourful characters encountered on her adventures in Wonderland. Performed by Powerhouse Theatre Company. Tickets free. The Guildhall, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA.

Walks:

Saturday July 17, 10.30amGuildford Through The Looking GlassMeet at the pedestrian bridge at the foot of the High Street for this walk encompassing the town centre, castle grounds and Chestnuts.

Saturday July 31, 10am to 1pm Footsteps of Charles DodgsonTravel from Guildford to Albury, recreating a Lewis Carroll walk of July 1871. Meet at the pedestrian bridge at the foot of the High Street.

For more information, and details of all the events taking place, visit the website: www.guildford.gov.uk/lewiscarroll