Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books
30 Lime Street
Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE1 2PQ
England

Website

www.sevenstories.org.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

info@sevenstories.org.uk

School Bookings

lisa.moll@sevenstories.org.uk

Collection Infomation

collections@sevenstories.org.uk

Media Enquiries

lauren.regan@sevenstories.org.uk

Events

lorna.duncanson@sevenstories.org.uk

Telephone

0845 271 0777

Fax

0191 276 4302

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Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.
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At the heart of Seven Stories is a treasure trove of original artwork and manuscripts which records the creative process involved in making a children's book and provides an insight into the working lives of authors and illustrators.

Seven Stories is the only place in the UK which is actively collecting original artwork by British writers and illustrators for children. Generous donations of work have been received from many leading figures in the world of children's literature.

Our aim is to make the collection accessible to a wide audience - from school children participating in education programmes and families visiting exhibitions through to researchers from around the world.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sun: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Admission charges

Adult Single: £6.50
Adult Annual: £26.00
Child/Concession Single: £5.50
Child/Concession Annual: £21
Family Single: £19
Family Annual: £60

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Moving Stories – Children’s Books from Page to Screen

  • 5 April 2014 — 1 April 2015 *on now

Developed in partnership with National Media Museum in Bradford, this exciting new exhibition will showcase innovative and influential film and television adaptations inspired by children's books. All areas of the exhibition will focus on different aspects of storytelling and plots and featured stories include Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo and The Borrowers as well as fairy tales including Snow White, Cinderella and Shrek.

Many rare and intriguing objects will be on display for the first time, offering visitors a rare chance to see manuscripts, illustrations, storyboards, costumes and film footage. Exhibition highlights include:

• Roald Dahl’s original annotated notebooks from Fantastic Mr Fox – displayed alongside puppet’s from the 2009 film, directed by Wes Anderson
• Original manuscripts and illustrations from The Borrowers and Mr Stink, which were both adapted by the BBC
• A Disney sketch of Snow White taken from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the ground breaking first ever feature film created by Walt Disney Productions in 1937.

Like all Seven Stories exhibitions, Moving Stories is playful and interactive, inviting visitors to step into the worlds of film and story on show - ride in Cinderella’s carriage, enjoy stunning original illustrations of Snow White and mix-up your favourite fairy tales to create some hilarious new stories. Pick up a Story Starter Card and engage with this exhibition in a whole new way; dress up, act out your favourite scenes and more!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/211/moving-stories-childrens-books-from-page-to-screen

Twists and Tails – the Story of Angelina Ballerina

  • 19 July 2014 — 1 April 2015 *on now

Perfect your pirouette and prance down to Seven Stories to discover the magical world of Angelina Ballerina.

Celebrate Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig’s best–selling series. Twists and Tails showcases manuscripts and illustrations from our newly acquired Angelina Ballerina Collection which Katharine and Helen donated in 2012/13. Explore the relationship between author, illustrator and publisher during the creation of a picture book series and discover the intricate process behind bringing Angelina Ballerina and the other residents of Mouseland to life.

Dress up as Angelina, practice your ‘first position’ in our Mouseland Mirror and join in with interactive activities based on this classic family series.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/276/twists-and-tails-the-story-of-angelina-ballerina

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Stickland Dino

Scaly Trail

  • 19 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

Help - dinosaurs have escaped all over Seven Stories. Follow the trail and help us round them up before they start munching their way through the artwork!

Suitable for

  • Any age
Paul Stickland Dinosaur Roar

Scales, Claws and Dinosaur Roars

  • 19 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

To celebrate 20 years of Paul Stickland’s classic picture book Dinosaur Roar, this summer we have seven dino-floors of fun for visitors to enjoy! Our Creation Station has been transformed into a prehistoric landscape, stomp down and add your mark to our HUGE big art installation, hear all your favourite scaly stories and create some more of your own.

Come dressed as your favourite dinosaur for the chance to win prizes all summer.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Children reading

Baby Dino Stomp and Roar!

  • 1 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 8 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 15 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 22 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 29 August 2014 2-4pm

Go on a musical story adventure and shake your scaly tale to songs and rhyme. Dance, stomp and roar along to our favourite songs and stories in a super sensory session for babies and grown-ups. Suitable for ages 10 months – 3 years.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£2.50 per child. One free accompanying adult per child.

Pop Up Film School.

Pop – Up Film: Adaptation Boot Camp

  • 28 July — 1 August 2014 *on now

Ever wanted to turn your favourite children’s book into a film? Now’s your chance with our amazing Adaptation Bootcamp! Come along and make your own versions of classic tales in this fun – packed workshop where you get to write, shoot and edit your own movie classic…all in five days! Rounded off with a world – premiere screening for family and friends and a copy of your film on DVD, this is a brilliant and inspiring introduction to the world of film making.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£125.00 per person.

Children with dinosaurs

Dino-Story Party

  • 4 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 6 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 18 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 20 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Everybody loves dinosaurs! Perfect your growl, sharpen your claws and join in with interactive storytimes, songs and games in this event especially for under- fives and their grown-ups. ROOARRR! These sessions will be art 10:30 and 14:00.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Booking essential. £2.50 per child. 1 free accompanying adult per child.

Hugless Douglas book jacket

*Author Event* Hugless Douglas with David Melling

  • 10 August 2014 4-5pm

Hugless Douglas is in need of ‘a big bear hug’. As he goes in search of one, none seem quite right – too small, too short and too uncomfortable. Of course, there’s only one hug that will do – a hug from his mum! Meet award-winning author and illustrator David Melling, find out how he created his adorable character and join in live drawing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking essential. £3 per person in addition to admission fee.

*AUTHOR EVENT* Summoners and Assassins: In conversation with Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas

  • 19 August 2014 6-7pm

Join Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas as they discuss what goes into the creation of their complex, rich and detailed fantasy worlds, in their New York Times best-selling YA series, The Grisha and Throne of Glass. Discover strange magic, political intrigue and struggles for power, love and life itself.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking essential. £3 per person, includes admission fee.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Story Party

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/events

Story Party has a different theme every week. With beautiful picture books, songs, rhymes, hands-on activities and making time, sessions encourage children aged 0-5 years and their adults to enjoy stories together in an active, fun way and promote a love of books from an early age. Choose from Tuesday 11.00-12.00 or Wednesday 11.00-12.00 every term time week.

How to obtain

Adults can buy an annual pass for £20 which allows unlimited entry to the whole building for 12 months. Story Party costs £2 per child, per session. Children 4+ will also need an annual pass, £15.

Bookworm Babies

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/events

Bookworm Babies meet at Seven Stories to share the best baby books with their grown ups. Together we explore new ways to play with books, singing, moving about and having lots of fun in a relaxed group. Sessions are suitable for babies until they start to walk. Sessions are in blocks of six and two blocks of six make up a full Bookworm Babies course. Choose between booking for one or two blocks of six sessions. Sessions take place on Thursdays 10.15-11.15.

How to obtain

Bookworm Babies (either one or two blocks of six) must be booked and paid for in advance. Six sessions costs £15 per participating baby and £20 for an adult annual pass. Book online at http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/bookworm-babies-6-week-block-booking-tuesday-pm-e1139 or for more information call 0845 2710777 ext 715.

CPD Opportunites at Seven Stories

We provide training and development for all practitioners working with children, including teachers, librarians, Children’s Centre staff, Private Day Nursery teams and childminders. All our training is suffused with our love of and passion for children’s books, our knowledge of classic and unusual titles and our creative approaches to learning. Our in-house programme provides a variety of options for you.
For more information visit www.sevenstories.org.uk/learning/cpd or to discuss your training and development requirements, please contact: Shane Smith, 0845 271 0777 ext. 719
shane.smith@sevenstories.org.uk

Hooks into Books at Seven Stories

Let Seven Stories lead you directly to the books that will stimulate and animate your teaching and, in doing so, motivate and inspire young readers.
If you would like more information on opening a school account, Hooks Into Books or need help with selecting books for your school, fill in the form at http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/shop/books-for-schools. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the bookshop team by calling 0845 271 0777 Ext 712.

School and Group visits to Seven Stories!

Session times at Seven Stories
Seven Stories school and group visits can be booked Monday - Friday during term time, subject to availability, and last two hours. Sessions are available 10am - 12noon OR 12.30pm - 2.30pm. You can also add a trip to the Bookshop to your visit.
What is involved in a school or group visit?
All visits to Seven Stories are led by a member of the learning team. A facilitated school or group visit lasts for two hours and incorporates a session in one of our galleries; Mr Gumpy and Other Outings - Celebrating 50 Years of John Burningham's Work or There's Nuffin Like a Puffin - Celebrating 70 spectacular years of Puffin Books. Sessions also include a creative workshop

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