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 Fairy Tales & Fantasy


Abbey House Museum,

21 January - 31 December 2017


Immerse yourself in a Pantomime world of magic and mystery at Abbey House Museum’s latest exhibition!

Once upon a time in a faraway land everyday objects had magical properties and danger lurked behind every forest tree. A dirty lamp might conceal a genie, a spindle could send a royal household to sleep for 100 years and a pumpkin could be transformed into a golden coach. 

This exhibition showcases some familiar fairy tales, including Aladdin, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, as well as the classic children’s fantasy worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Water Babies and Peter Pan. Visitors can also explore tales from around the world, including traditional fables and the stories woven around mythical creatures such as dragons and phoenixes. 

Drawing on the museum’s fabulous collection of children’s book illustrations, toys and games the exhibition looks at many different interpretations of familiar tales.  It also investigates how the stories offer an escape from the real struggles of life as a chimney sweep, shoemaker or kitchen maid.  Advertisers have long understood the power of fairy tale imagery to sell everyday products from gas mantles to washing-up liquid. 

Click to expandAdult Talk Series

Abbey House Museum runs programmes of talks themed around our exhibitions. Here's our 2017 line-up!

The Water Babies and the issue of child chimney sweeps
3 October, 2.30pm, 2.30pm
Kitty Ross examines the true stories behind Charles Kingsley's novel.

‘Oh Yes It Is!’ - Panto in the Leeds collections
5 December, 2.30pm
We get together with Leeds Libraries to reveal pantomime treasures from both our collections

Funny Tales and Fancy Frocks: Leeds Pantomime Memories
12 December, 2.30pm
Leeds Pantomime veteran Maureen Kershaw tells of the thrills and spills of panto from the 1970s onwards.

How to book:

Tickets cost £5 and include admission to the museum.

To book please telephone 0113 3784079 or email abbey.house@leeds.gov.uk