Free event


Set out on a legendary quest through the impossible worlds of fantasy, from fairy tales to some of the finest fantasy authors, filmmakers and game producers today in Fantasy: Realms of Imagination.

This unique exhibition tells the story of the development of fantasy from the earliest works up to the present day, looking at how the genre developed and why people have always been drawn to it either as an escape from reality or as a chance to reflect on our world.

Exhibits include manuscripts and books, 3D objects, artworks, film and videogames. Audio visual elements and interactives feature interviews with authors and creators, and the perspective of fans.

The exhibition features over 100 authors, artists and creatives including JRR Tolkien, Ursula K Le Guin, Lewis Carroll, Terry Pratchett, Studio Ghibli, Susanna Clarke, L Frank Baum and Neil Gaiman.

Fantasy: Realms of Imagination is hosted in partnership with the British Library Living Knowledge Network.

Fantasy: Realms of Imagination Exhibition Dates & Locations

Wakefield Library | 27 October – 23 December 2023

Pontefract Library | 8 January – 25 February 2024

Venue opening hours

Monday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DD