Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there
Palace Green Library, 27 May - 3 September 2017
How big is time? And what will the future be like?
The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors like HG Wells to write about parallel universes, alternate histories and future worlds.
The exhibition explores how stories can make us into time travellers and includes HG Wells’s original manuscript for The Time Machine. The book, which was published in 1895, remains one of the most important stories in the science fiction and time travel genres and is on loan from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Advances in scientific knowledge by the likes of Darwin and Einstein and their influence on literature are explored, as well as human beings’ unique capacity for mental time travel through memory and imagination of the future.