Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

Image from Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrated by Harry Clarke, 1928.


Suitable for: Year 7 – 13

Available: Workshops will take place on selected dates from 3 October 2014 until 20 January 2015.

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Length: 90 minutes

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 40 per session

The workshop takes place in the exhibition gallery.

Subjects and Key Skills


Visit the Gothic theme on our Discovering Literature website to support your teaching pre- and post-visit.

Workshop outline

The British Library will celebrate 250 years of Gothic literature by staging Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, the most comprehensive show on the subject yet seen in the UK.

Make the most of the exhibition by taking part in one of our accompanying free workshops for school groups. Sessions are available to students at Key Stages 3-5, who will explore the full range of the Gothic genre.

Iconic texts such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray will be considered in relation to their earlier influences. 

Through exhibition activities, students will engage with a variety of texts to uncover some of the key motifs of Gothic literature, drawing comparisons and establishing relationships between items on display. Students will also be able to reflect on the continuing impact of Gothic, right up to the present day. 

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