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Marion E. Wade Center Museum


The Marion E. Wade Center museum features memorabilia and rotating displays with selections from our collection of books, letters, manuscripts, and artifacts. Through these exhibits we invite our visitors to explore more deeply the seven authors' lives, writings, and the historical context in which they lived. Permanent pieces on display in the museum include: a wardrobe owned by C.S. Lewisdesks and pens belonging to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, bookshelves from Charles Williams, the eyeglasses of Dorothy L. Sayers, and Owen Barfield's chess set and pipe.

William - Zeal DisplayCurrent Exhibits

  • "Judging a Book by its Cover" (featuring book covers of works by our authors over the decades)    
  • "The Canterbury Festival Plays"
  • "The Wade Authors: Their Reflections on Each Other"
  • "C.S. Lewis's 'Tales of Adventure'"
  • "G.K. Chesterton's The Everlasting Man"
  • "Middle-earth in Merchandise"
  • "Dorothy L. Sayers responds to scientist Fred Hoyle on BBC Radio" (interactive audio exhibit)
  • "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Film Portrait" (interactive video exhibit)
  • "Boxen: C.S. Lewis's Childhood Chronicles before Narnia" (interactive exhibit) 
Purchase to Perusal title
From Purchase to Perusal: the Life-Cycle of Materials at the Wade Center

Have you ever wondered how the Wade Center and other similar libraries obtain and preserve materials for their collections? This exhibit explores the process.