In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl who wrote Frankenstein

Exhibition: 05.05.2018 - 27.08.2018

2018 marks the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein, the literary masterpiece that today is world famous as source of two of our most enduring archetypes, the obsessive scientist and the almost-human he creates.

Lesser known, perhaps, is the story of the teenager who wrote it. Daughter of philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, and wife of Romantic Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley grew up in a world of political passion and scientific curiosity and within a household at the very centre of the era’s radical new thought. This exhibition, curated by award winning poet and writer Fiona Sampson to coincide with her new biography In Search of Mary Shelley, will explore the circumstances that shaped Shelley as a child and a young woman – the making of the girl who wrote Frankenstein.