Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels Primary self-guided visit

- , Available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00–13:00 and 14:30–15:30 (afternoon sessions Tuesdays only) FREE
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For Years 2–7

Who is your favourite 'rebel' in children's literature? This interactive exhibition will consider what makes a young rebel in stories, with around 40 books, manuscripts and original artwork on display.

Learners will explore characters, themes and stories from the items on display. Self-guided visits last 1 hour and are free to book for UK and international school groups.

Workshops are also available to book for Years 3–6.

For teachers: Join us on 21 November for Reading for Pleasure, our joint CPD event with Guardian Education Centre for Primary teachers and Librarians 


About the exhibition

Anyone can be a rebel, whether they are standing up for their beliefs, saving the planet or battling against the odds. See how characters from Pippi Longstocking to Princess Pearl break rules and defy conventions to make the world a better place for others.

Rediscover your favourite characters and the youthful optimism you share with them. Roald Dahl’s handwritten drafts of Matilda sit alongside Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations, as well as other enduring classics from The Secret Garden to Where the Wild Things Are.

Not all rebels are mischievous rogues, some are spirited survivors. Let the bravery of characters from Azzi in Between and Billy and the Beast inspire you. Or learn the importance of resilience from Oliver Twist, Tracy Beaker and The Midnight Gang.

No matter how big or small your acts of rebellion, our motley crew will help you discover your inner rebel and have some fun along the way.


Age group: Years 2–7
When: - , Available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00–13:00 and 14:30–15:30 (afternoon sessions Tuesdays only)
Length: 1 hour
Group size:

Maximum group size - 30 learners

Key skills: English; literacy; creativity; cross-curricular
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: British Library St Pancras
Enquiries: (0)20 7412 7797
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