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.

Father Chistmas at Seven Stories

  • 20 — 23 December 2014 *on now

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£6 per child for event only. No admission fee to the centre required.
£5 per child for Annual Pass holders or children under 4.
Prices for event only. If you would like to explore all of Seven Stories please see admission prices on the back cover.

Sing-a-Long Frozen Spectacular

  • 2 January 2015 From 10:30am
  • 18 February 2015 From 10:30am
  • 20 February 2015 From 10:30am

For the first time in forever enjoy a special sing-a-long screening in our warm and cozy Artist’s Attic. Get ready to sing and dance along to the block buster Frozen together.

Do you want to build a snow man? Whether it is snowing or not you can make your own snowman to take home and join in with Frozen themed face painting before the film.

Come dressed in your best royal finery and enjoy popcorn, Frozen themed drinks and snacks.

Booking essential. £5 per person in addition to admission fee.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Ink and Drink with Sara Ogilvie

  • 5 January 2015 From 6pm

Join us for an evening of serious colouring in! Meet award-winning illustrator Sara Ogilvie, enjoy a glass of wine and a doodle as you hear about her creative process, how she illustrates for children and add your mark to a BIG draw! Whether you are an accomplished artist or just want to have a go, this is a relaxed evening of art for everyone.

Booking essential. £5 per person includes entry to Seven Stories and a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Event attendees will also receive 10% off all of Sarah’s books for the evening.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Inside out Upside down

  • 10 — 11 January 2015 10am-5pm

Rising star Yasmeen Ismail joins us as our Illustrator in Residence this January. This talented illustrator of Time for Bed Fred and Specs for Rex will brings our Creation Station to life with splashes of vibrant colour.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Illustration Master Class with Yasmeen Ismail

  • 11 January 2015 9:30am-3pm

Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning illustrator and animator who loves inks, paints and watercolours. Yasmeen’s fun and bright illustrations can be found in her beautiful picture books Time for Bed Fred, Inside, Outside, Upside Down and her latest creation Specs for Rex as well as well as animation, advertising and more.

This is an exclusive opportunity for aspiring illustrators to find out more about how Yasmeen works and how to develop your own skills to bring children’s books to life. Learn how to use inks and watercolours and find out more about Yasmeen’s varied and interesting career.

Booking essential. £35 per person, no additional admission required. Includes lunch. Suitable for ages 15 and over.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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.

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

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.

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