29 September 2016

New Exhibition Showcases Tolkien's Links to Staffordshire

From 25 October to 16 November, residents of Staffordshire will be able to view the 'Tolkien – Soldier and Mythmaker' exhibition at the Shire Hall Gallery, which offers more insight into the author's time in the county. Some highlights of the exhibition include original sketches by the Professor himself, on loan from The Tolkien Estate and Bodleian Library. The exhibition, which has been on tour since March, has been viewed by more than 40,000 individuals.

“This is a fascinating exhibition with thousands of people already getting the chance to see it," said Gill Heath, libraries chief at Staffordshire County Council. "It’s clear that Staffordshire had a profound effect on this famous writer’s formative years, and we’re very proud of this connection. This exhibition offers visitors a rare chance to learn more about the author’s stay in Staffordshire."

From 7 to 8 pm on 26 October, historian David Robbie will be discussing Tolkien's experiences in Staffordshire, including the effects the Great War had on his writing.

On the 27th, families are invited to join a dragon craft workshop from 10 am to noon with artist Hannah Reynolds. (The workshop is £2 per child and booking is essential. For more information, contact the gallery on 01785 278345 or via email: shirehallgallery@staffordshire.gov.uk.)

The exhibition will move to Stafford Library from 10 January to 27 February.

For more information, visit www.staffordshiregreatwar.com or www.staffordshire.gov.uk.

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