In July of 1862, Charles Dodgson (who wrote under pen name of Lewis Caroll) was taking a boat trip with the three young daughters of Henry Liddell (Vice Chancellor of Oxford University) when 10 year old Alice Liddell asked Charles Dodgson to entertain her and her sisters with a story. The story featured a bored little girl named Alice who goes looking for an adventure. The girls loved it, and Alice Liddell asked Dodgson to write it down for her. He began writing the manuscript of the story the next day. On 26 November 1864 he gave Alice the handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, with illustrations by Dodgson himself, dedicating it as “A Christmas Gift to a Dear Child in Memory of a Summer’s Day”.
Now 150 years later, this story is no longer just for children. Alice in Wonderland has been made into films, songs, theatre productions, video games and theme park rides.
Alice in Wonderland has always been our most popular theme with adults and children alike, for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, hen’s parties and believe it or not even a wake.