UCL Main Building
A prologue to UCL's Disrupters and Innovators exhibition in the Octagon Gallery.
This preview exhibition focused on an illustrated book by Marion Wallace-Dunlop (1864-1942), who studied at UCL. Take a closer look at her book called The Magic Fruit Garden.
When she gets home, her brother tells Doc it was only a dream and remarks that it’s ‘just like a girl to think that a dream is real.’ However, he then embarks on an adventure of his own which forces him to admit the magic garden is real.
Behind the exhibition
The Magic Fruit Garden is part of Vote 100 at UCL in 2018. Find out more about the background to this exhibition below:
- The history of women at UCL
This exhibition is part of UCL's year-long Vote 100 programme, which marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act that granted the vote to some women over the age of 30 in the UK.
Beginning in the 1860s, UCL experimented with providing classes for women. From 1878, women could study alongside men and receive University of London degrees: the first time this had happened in the UK. It was not until 1918 that new legislation allowed the first women to vote in the UK. This was part of wider electoral reforms accelerated by World War I. Ten years later, women received equal voting rights with men. This process was a backdrop to the lives of female students and researchers at UCL and beyond in the early 20th century. However, co-education was not adopted in all subjects and female students and staff continued to face many obstacles.
The UCL Vote 100 programme reveals the impact of the pioneering women who built the university, and imaginatively explore the battles still to be won. Find out more about UCL Vote 100 here.
- Working across UCL
This UCL Culture exhibition is curated by Dr Nina Pearlman, Head of UCL Art Collections, who also managed the design concept.
Produced in association with:
Design realisation: Angela Scott, UCL Digital Media
Production: Darren Stevens and Sam Wilkinson, UCL Culture
Quotes featured in the exhibition are from Marion Wallace-Dunlop, The Magic Fruit Garden (London: Ernest Nister, 1889)