Manchester jewellers to go through looking-glass for Alice in Wonderland expo

Childhood memories will sparkle and shine this winter when a jewellery exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on November 21.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre, in the heart of the city’s creative Northern Quarter, is inviting Manchester Jewellers Network provide its winter exhibition, entitled Exploring Wonderland.

And, if visitors choose to follow down the rabbit-hole, they can expect Alice, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare to come to life in the form of themed jewellery.

The exhibition will feature 28 makers including jewellers, glassmakers, printmakers, paper artists, furniture makers and ceramicists.

It will be launched with festive refreshments, live music, and the perfect opportunity to begin – or perhaps finish off – Christmas shopping.

“The magical story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has fired the imagination of children – and adults – for a century and a half,” said the Centre.

“Alice in Wonderland remains as enchanting as ever and Exploring Wonderland will enchant you all over again.”

Manchester Jewellers Network, established in 2002, aims to give a platform for both emerging and established jewellers to showcase their work, and the theme certainly taps into the moment.

The classic novel, written by Cheshire-born Lewis Carroll, is set to re-enter the public eye for a variety of reasons over the next few months, with the anniversary of its initial publication on November 26.

In addition to a film version of Alice Through the Looking Glass, which comes to cinemas next summer, the Royal Northern College of Music is holding an Alice-themed concert, entitled Wonderland, on Friday November 20.

The exhibition, which is free to view, continues until February 14 2016.

Image courtsey of Jacqueline, with thanks.

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