Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
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.
Museum, Archive, Gallery
Closed For Refurbishment Until 19th July 2015
Adult Single: £7.00
Adult Annual: Â£26.00
Child/Concession Single: £6.00
Child/Concession Annual: £21
Family Single: £19
Family Annual: £60
Rhyme Around the World
- 19 July 2015 — 1 February 2017 *on now
This lively & colourful exhibition invites families to step straight into their favourite nursery rhymes and discover new ones from around the world, exploring how stories, song and rhyme are shared across generations and continents. With sensory opportunities and beautiful and varied work by international illustrators, there’s something here for all the family.
- Family friendly
Normal admission charges apply.
Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories
- 2 July 2016 — 1 July 2017 *on now
Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved story makers. Our exclusive exhibition will showcase for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that have become the classics we know today including War Horse, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful.
With content rich in historical research, creativity and poignant prose, this exhibition will showcase the processes behind some of the most loved titles in modern children's books. Visitors can step into a replica of Michael’s creative caravan where he imagines his stories, experience atmospheric soundscapes and come face to face with the beloved Joey.
Supported by HarperCollins, Egmont Publishing, Walker Books, Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Newcastle University and Arts & Humanities Research Council.
Seven Stories Visitor Centre will be closed to the public on Friday 1st July to launch the Michael Morpurgo exhibition.
- Any age
Normal admission applies.
Edward Ardizzone: 80 Years of Little Tim
- 30 April — 18 September 2016 *on now
Using original artwork from Tim and Lucy Go to Sea, Tim and Charlotte, Tim in Danger and The Little Train, (the later written by Graham Greene) as well as draft material, single illustrations, printed books and letters, the exhibition will celebrate this iconic British illustrator while introducing his work to a new generation.
Original artwork - some of it on show for the first time - introduces the characters that made Ardizzone’s books so popular. Meet the heroic Little Tim, mischievous Ginger, resourceful Charlotte and the Wise Old Boatman.
Be transported back to the glory days of the classic British seaside town complete with red, white and blue bunting hanging from the lamp-posts and children with whirligigs playing on the beach. Families can dress up as sailors and create their own sea-faring adventure, adding illustrations and stories to our captain’s logbook.
- Any age
Normal admission required.
- 23 July — 4 September 2016 *on now
Drop into our Studio and illustrate poignant soldiers’ letters, create a kite to spread your message of peace and get close to nature with farmyard fun.
Pick up a scrapbook on arrival ready to create your Summer Story. Be inspired by Michael Morpurgo's best-selling books as you explore Seven Stories and unlock your imagination to sketch, doodle and write your own story. Head down to the Studio to put the final touches to your scrapbook.
Take your scrapbooks away and continue your summer story by posting photos, poems, short stories and sketches to our social media #summerstory7S. Be inspired, get creative and capture the sounds, smells and adventures from your summer.
Early Bird Opening
- 3 September 2016 9-10:30am
- 1 October 2016 9-10:30am
- 5 November 2016 9-10:30am
- 3 December 2016 9-10:30am
We appreciate that queues and hustle and bustle can be overwhelming so we are opening our doors early to ease your arrival. Early Bird Opening also means you can have a quieter visit to our Café . Enjoy a hot drink or homemade snack and a chance to explore food using all your senses with hands-on activities.
You can also take part in:
Relaxed Storytime: Adventures with the Tiger
Awaken all your senses in a relaxed story time featuring some of our favourite characters. Experimenting with a variety of tactile props and sounds, these sessions offer accessible ways to spark imagination and allow families to share stories together.
- Any age
Normal Admission Applies
Meet the Curator of Michael Morpurgo
- 4 September 2016 From 1:30pm
Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s greatest living authors for children and Seven Stories is now the home of his entire archive. Meet the expert team who brought Michael’s original manuscripts, notebooks and drafts to life and curated our Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories exhibition. This is a rare opportunity to take part in a unique ‘white glove’ experience and ask the Senior Curator Gillian Rennie and KTP Research Associate Dr Jessica Medhurst about how the exhibition evolved.
£5 per person. Event ticket entitles you to £1 off purchase of a hot drink in our Bookshop Coffee Shop. Admission required before 1pm.
- 6 September — 11 October 2016
- 9 September — 14 October 2016
Tuesday 6th September or Friday 9th September
Suitable for babies up to walking and their grown-up
Join us for imaginative, exploratory play with the very best books for your baby. Discover innovative ways to introduce your budding bookworm to a lifetime love of reading.
During the 6 weeks you will also be given a taster tour of our galleries, meet new friends and pick up top tips from our knowledgeable Bookshop team to help continue the book fun at home.
Booking essential. £30 per child for a 6 week course, includes event ticket only. We recommend purchasing an Adult and Toddler Annual Pass at £30 if you would like to explore the rest of Seven Stories.
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
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 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.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
30 Lime Street
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
0191 276 4302