Flying Machines: Science and Fantasy will be the next exhibition in the Cotsen gallery. Featuring mechanical flyers from the world of childhood; the show will include illustrated books, board games, an installation of toys, and a very special piece of realia on loan from the Museum Objects Collection.
Centered around two major themes, science and fantasy, the items selected track depictions of flying machines from the realistic to the magical in children’s literature. From the earliest fantastic ideas about man-made flyers, through inventive science fiction and real scientific experiments, into the whimsical machines of impossible flights. The exhibition features imagined contraptions from seven different countries over almost 100 years of flights of fancy (1892-1971).
To appease your curiosity for the next two weeks (since I’m sure you are all waiting with bated breath for the opening) check out some of the books that just didn’t quite make it:If you enjoyed those, the books that actually made it into the exhibition promise to be even better!
Flying Machines: Science and Fantasy
Opening October 1st and running until the end of year.
Visit during the first 2 days to get a special gallery give away for children (hint: it’s a toy Styrofoam airplane!). And there are more things that fly on Cotsen’s virtual exhibitions page