The Monster Read Milton

15th August – 22nd September

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking novel, written in nearby Marlow.  To celebrate, we are hosting a temporary exhibition to explore its connections with Milton’s epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost, which he completed at Milton’s Cottage.

His poem was like a bible to the Romantics and its influence runs rampant throughout Frankenstein.  Mary Shelley quotes from Paradise Lost in the novel’s epigraph, while the Creature’s reading of the poem is the pivotal moment of the book.  “Evil thenceforth became my good,” he swears as he embarks on a killing spree, knowingly quoting Satan’s speech from Paradise Lost: “all Good to me is lost; / Evil be thou my Good.”

The Monster Read Milton is a temporary exhibition that explores the role of Paradise Lost within Frankenstein, presenting new artist commissions alongside books, posters and ephemera from stage and screen adaptions of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Exhibition entry is included with admission to the museum.


Forbidden Fruit

3rd – 31st October

Contemporary artists respond to the symbolism of the apple in Paradise Lost for our autumn exhibition.  Exhibition entry is included with admission to the museum.