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Event details

Time Machines

Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

27 May 2017 - 3 September 2017 , 10:00 to 17:00
Palace Green Library

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.

Ahead of your visit, why not listen to our series of podcasts featuring the team of academics from Durham University's Department of English Studies, whose research informed the exhibition content:

An Introduction to Time Machines

H. G. Wells in focus

Feminist Utopias and Afrofuturism

This exhibition also has a free mobile app for Apple and Android devices offering bonus content to help you through your journey in time. Find it by searching for ‘Palace Green Library’ in the app store.

Ticket prices:

Adults: £7.50

Children (over 5) and concessions: £6.50

Infants (under 5; up to 2 per full paying adult): Free

Family ticket (2 paying adults and 2 children): £25

Groups of 9 or more: £6.50 per person

Your ticket allows for a further two free visits to the exhibition. Tickets are available on the door.

Plan your visit to Palace Green Library

Owengate road closure

Due to essential repair work, Owengate will be closed on weekdays between 8.30am and 4.30pm, from 24 July to 22 September. Pedestrian access only to Palace Green will be via Dun Cow Lane. Outside of these hours and on a Saturday and Sunday, access will reopen to Palace Green via Owengate.