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The Lost Words – Past Exhibition

Sat 21 October 2017, 11.00am5.00pm

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The Lost Words – Past Exhibition

This enchanting exhibition combines the creative talents of writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s power to spark the imagination.

“DON’T MISS… an evocative exhibition designed to keep children and adults in touch with nature.” Plant Life Magazine

In response to the gradual disappearance of nature from children’s stories and imaginations, Robert’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’ beautiful, iridescent watercolours will take visitors on a journey that makes the familiar appear magical once more.

Featuring a series of immersive floor to ceiling graphics, family interpretation areas and recordings of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris reading the poems, The Lost Words experience continues beyond the gallery as visitors are invited to explore the words and themes of the exhibition via an interactive discovery trail through the grounds.

“I want The Lost Words to delight the mind and the eye and send children to sleep dreaming of wild things.” Jackie Morris

The Lost Words is curated by Compton Verney, with Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books.

FREE entry for Members.

School groups: Explore how illustrators Quentin Blake and Jackie Morris (The Lost Words), bring works of literature to life. The learning programme includes a tour of both exhibitions with a member of the learning team exploring character development and the link between descriptive writing and visual imagery followed by a series of activities to develop literacy, creativity and drawing skills.

Find out more about our primary and secondary programmes.

The Spell Walks

Take inspiration from the exhibition and venture out in Compton Verney’s grounds to make your phone go wild with our Lost Words inspired Spell Walks.

Experience Jackie and Robert’s images and words as they appear in nature via two specially commissioned digital trails that can be downloaded straight to your smart phone.

The Spell Walks have been created by Christopher Jelley of Storywalks.

Trails are FREE for Members and visitors with a valid Exhibition Day Ticket.