Cats on the Page
12 September 2020 – 9 January 2021
The Atkinson announces a new exhibition from the British Library celebrating our furry friends
Cats and their capers are celebrated in rhymes and stories familiar to us from childhood. Whether raising a smile, solving a crime, wreaking magical havoc or even performing in theatre, cats take centre stage in this free exhibition at The Atkinson, Southport.
Alison Bailey, Lead Curator of Printed Heritage Collections 1901-2000 at the British Library: By bringing cats we know and love together with new ones from unexpected sources, Cats on the Page showcases the light-hearted side of the British Library’s world-class collections through a selection of just some of the hundreds of paws prowling the pages of its books and manuscripts. We are excited to allow visitors to explore the myriad ways in which cats have captured the cultural imagination for hundreds of years.
Exuberant and playful? Or more mysterious and threatening? Cats come to life in books, manuscripts and artwork to captivate and inspire. Renew your acquaintance with familiar favourites including Mog, Winnie the Witch and T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, while meeting some new friends from around the world.
The exhibition also features a selection of sound recordings for all ages including a reading of Macavity the Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot, songs from the musical Cats and Disney’s The Aristocats and music by The Cure.
Stephen Whittle, Principal Manager, Museum, Gallery & Operations, The Atkinson:
We are so pleased to be able to show ‘Cats on the Page’ from the British Library. Every cat lover is going to be thrilled with this exhibition. Just about every famous cat who ever lived is here, from The Cat in the Hat to Fat Freddy’s cat, Slinky Malinky and, my personal favourite, Mog. We also have famous cat illustrators and authors, including Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson, Quentin Blake and Lewis Carroll. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the British Library’s feline treasures all in one place.
As they prowl the pages, these feline characters are sure to delight all ages – and especially anyone who loves cats!
Free Entry, Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
A British Library Exhibition