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SC&A includes manuscripts and archives, medieval to modern; early and finely printed books, and science fiction collections.

Travels in Europe

An exhibition exploring the relationship between the United Kingdom and Europe, considering Europe as a holiday destination, as a source of inspiration, and as a place to find refuge.


Highlights include:

  • European editions of Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad and the iconic art of Frank R. Paul representing the permeable cultural boundaries of the fantastic (Science Fiction collection)
  • Ephemera from the Cunard Archive and guide books from the Literary Annuals collection which show the enduring appeal of Europe to tourists.
  • Personal reflections on European travel in travel diaries and letters – by a passenger aboard RMS Lanconia II in the 1920s (Cunard), Maria Rathbone (1844-1913) exploring the fjords and fjelds in Norway, and Josephine Butler (1828-1906) getting caught in a thunderstorm in the Alps.
  • The books and letters of two exiles from Spain - Joseph Blanco White (1775-1841) and Manuel Irujo (1891-1981) - speak of conflict in Europe, but also of the opportunity for co-operation and support in times of hardship, with both men finding welcome in Liverpool.
  • Finally, architectural drawings created by a University of Liverpool student in the 1950s, Michael Bottomley, demonstrate the appeal of Europe as a place of inspiration and highlight the links that the University of Liverpool maintains with Europe.


Image taken from postcard showing mountain range with character faces

Physical exhibitions  

Current physical exhibition in SC&A

On exhibition elsewhere

  • Cunard posters are on display in the VG&M exhibition: Travel in Style – Iconic Cunard Advertising in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Alex Wedding, Eddie and the Gipsy, 1935 is on display in the Holocaust Galleries, Imperial War Museum, London
  • Rose Heilbron student notebooks are on display 22 July - December 2023 in the Lancashire Archives exhibition Shaping the Future: Women's Lives in Lancashire 1950-1980 in their brand new exhibition space at Preston

Past physical exhibitions in SC&A