It's always tea time


The Story Museum
Rochester House
42 Pembroke Street
20th May 2018
10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday
Every Day

The Story Museum is proud to present the UK premiere of ‘It’s Always Tea Time’, an exhibition of exquisite artworks from across the globe, depicting the most famous tea party of all time.


Dates: Exhibition runs from 30th March – 7th July 2018 (previews 16th/23rd March)

What happens when a hatter, a dormouse and a march hare, take tea together? The answer is, of course, one of the most famous pieces of writing in children’s literature. Now in 2018, The Story Museum in Oxford will be bringing this much loved scene from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland to life with an exciting and critically acclaimed exhibition entitled ‘It’s Always Tea Time’.

2015 was an important year for Alice, marking 150 years since the landmark children’s book was first published. However, Lewis Carroll fans weren’t the only ones celebrating in 2015. Estonian artist Viive Noor was busy hatching plans to celebrate her 50th birthday alongside Alice’s 150th with a very special exhibition. Working in association with the Estonian Publishers Association and the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Noor invited 72 artists from 19 different countries including Iran, Russia, Spain, Hungary and the Baltic States to join the party. The result was a fascinating and engaging exploration of the tea party theme, blending fantasy, fun and surrealism.

The exhibition, which has toured the world including showings in Germany, Russia, Italy and Finland, will now for the first time visit the United Kingdom, and the city of Oxford where Alice’s story first started. Visitors to The Story Museum will be able to enter the world of Alice through an immersive picture trail, join in a tea party, hear stories from a giant teacup and enjoy a packed programme of related events and activities including plate painting sessions, storytelling telling and artist workshops.


Curator Viive Noor says:

“This exhibition includes contributions from some of the world’s best illustrators, including works that, until now, have never been exhibited outside the artists’ home country. We’re very pleased to be working with The Story Museum on this exciting international collaboration, highlighting and celebrating the diversity and talent of artists across the world. It is likely that many of the artists will be unfamiliar to UK audiences, and I take great pleasure in being able to introduce Alice fans from Oxford and beyond to such a wealth of international talent.”


Story Museum Head of Exhibitions Lisa Mitchell says:

“We are delighted to be hosting this beautiful, playful and charming collection of artwork on its first visit to the UK. Oxford is recognised throughout the world as the home of Alice and we are extremely proud to be part of this unique international project. I have no doubt that ‘It’s Always Tea Time’ will be yet another step on the road to fully realising our most unusual museum and creating a centre of story excellence in the very heart of Oxford.”

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