THE Atkinson has unveiled a new free exhibition from the British Library celebrating furry friends, which will run until January 9, 2021.
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 exhibition at the venue on Lord Street in Southport.
Alison Bailey, Lead Curator of Printed Heritage Collections 1901-2000 at the British Library said: “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.”
Cats come to life in books, manuscripts and artwork to captivate and inspire, 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 for Museum, Gallery and Operations at the Atkinson said: “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.”
The exhibition runs from Monday to Saturday, 11am-4pm, from September 12. To find out more, go to theatkinson.co.uk/exhibition/cats-on-the-page