Events Diary

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Between Worlds: Folklore and Fairy Tales from Northern Britain

  • 10 Saturday 10th February 2018 from 10.00am to 5.00pm Location: Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RN Tickets Free admission to this exhibition

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Close your eyes and picture a fairy. You might see a pretty little thing with wings, eager to make all your wishes come true. This is the version of fairies that we know today, but there also exists a much older, very different idea of a fairy, that might not look and act how you expect.

This new temporary exhibition takes its inspiration from medieval romance, ballads, and collections of folklore compiled between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, which tell of encounters with otherworldly creatures and journeys into mysterious worlds. It presents a forgotten type of fairy tale, very different to those that we are familiar with in today’s popular culture.

If you are visiting as a family, ask at reception for your free Fairy Investigator Pack to help you explore the exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by funding from the Leverhulme Trust.