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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.


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