Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Discover the inspirational statue behind the Lewis Carroll poem Walrus and the Carpenter.

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Take a trip to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens’ Time Machine Gallery, and see the head of the original walrus still on display today.

The statue, created by artist Andrew Burton represents Lewis Carroll's Walrus from the poem the Walrus and the Carpenter.

Lewis Carroll had a strong connection to Sunderland as he visited his sister Mary who married the Reverend Charles Edward Stuart Collingwood and visited his cousin, the Misses Wilcox of Whitburn.

Carroll published the poem in his book Alice Through the Looking Glass. The Alicestories remain as popular as ever and the links between the area and this great work of literature are highlighted in the graphic novel, Alice in Sunderland by local author Bryan Talbot.

Perhaps the Sunderland walrus will inspire a new generation of story tellers.

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