This display of props has been brought to you with the generous support of Bad Wolf and the BBC HBO adaption of His Dark Materials.
His Dark Materials comprises three critically acclaimed novels – Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass – which have since been adapted for television to award-winning success. The trilogy follows Lyra Belacqua, an orphan brought up in Oxford, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined.
An amber spyglass is on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum amongst many other props and costumes on loan from production company, Bad Wolf. Further items to discover across Oxford include a golden compass-like alethiometer at the History of Science Museum and an immersive experience featuring the subtle knife alongside filming props at The Story Museum.
The temporary displays at these three sites invite visitors to Oxford to trace in the footsteps of the film crew as well as encounter places and collections that inspired Philip Pullman's reimagining of the city in his famous literary works.
The BBC / HBO series His Dark Materials
In a parallel world ruled by the sinister Magisterium, a battle rages over a mysterious particle called Dust. Can orphan Lyra stop the fight from spilling over into our time?
Series 1 and 2 are available on BBC iPlayer with the final series 3 launching this December.
Bad Wolf is a British television production company founded by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter in 2015, with its headquarters in Cardiff, Wales. The company is responsible for the television series His Dark Materials (HBO/BBC), A Discovery Of Witches (Sky / AMC Networks), Industry (HBO / BBC) and I Hate Suzie (Sky / HBO Max) have all gone on to achieve global recognition and win multiple awards at the BAFTA, BAFTA Cymru, RTS, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.
His Dark Materials is an award-winning trilogy of fantasy novels by Oxford author Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. Considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, it has sold over 18 million copies worldwide. The Amber Spyglass is the first children’s novel to win the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year (in 2001) and the first children’s novel to be long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.