Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books

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

Closed For Refurbishment Until 19th July 2015

Admission charges

Adult Single: £7.00
Adult Annual: £26.00
Child/Concession Single: £6.00
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.
Nursery Rhyme Ship

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/365/coming-soon-rhyme-around-the-world

Michael Morpurgo with orange notebook

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.
Admission Required.
Seven Stories Visitor Centre will be closed to the public on Friday 1st July to launch the Michael Morpurgo exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Normal admission applies.

Website

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

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.
children reading and playing

Baby Bookworms

  • 8 November — 13 December 2016 *on now
  • 11 November — 16 December 2016 *on now
  • 10 January — 14 February 2017
  • 13 January — 17 February 2017

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.
Sessions start at 1.30pm and run for six sessions

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£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.

Website

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/122830/bookworm-babies

Elf characters

Elves Wanted! Festive Sleigh-quel

  • 11 December 2016 From 10:30am, From 12:30pm, From 2:30pm *on now
  • 17 December 2016 From 10:30am, From 2:30pm
  • 18 December 2016 From 10:30am, From 10:30am, From 12:30pm, From 12:30pm, From 2:30pm
  • 22 December 2016 From 10:30am, From 12:30pm, From 2:30pm
  • 23 December 2016 From 10:30am, From 12:30pm, From 2:30pm
  • 24 December 2016 From 10:30am, From 12:30pm

The Elf Academy is thin on the ground this year with ditzy but keen student Elf Arthur and seriously stuffy teacher Marte left to prepare for the seasonal rush. They need your help. The usually bustling community hidden under the frozen Artic Polar Ice Caps is unnervingly quiet. With no elves turning up for Elf Training – Christmas present production is in jeopardy.
In order for Christmas to go ahead, all the family must don their Elf Academy hats and step into the festive glow of Seven Stories Attic. With a liberal dusting of imagination, fun and plenty of interaction, you will be transported to the frosty North Pole for this hilarious festive performance. Before you arrive – you must brush up on how to speak Reindeer, complete session 1.0 of Gift Wrapping Skills and be fully versed in all five levels of Christmas Cheer. There will be a test – be warned!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Booking essential. £5 per person for event ticket only. If you wish to see the rest of the Visitor Centre, admission is required. Running time approx. 45 minutes.

Website

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/122834/elves-wanted-festive-sleigh-quel

Celebrating Nicholas Allan

  • 29 — 31 December 2016

Nicholas Allan is the author and illustrator of over 30 children’s books including The Queens Knickers, Jesus Christmas Party, Cinderella’s Bum and Father Christmas Needs a Wee.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/visit/times-prices

Cover page of Thank you, Mr Panda. Illustration of a Panda holding a nicely wrapped gift.

Please Mr Antony

  • 28 — 29 January 2017

Mind your manners as we make way for author and illustrator of Please Mr Panda, Steve Antony, in a weekend long Studio takeover. If you could create ANY kind of doughnut in the world, what would it be? Send us your ideas using #pleaseMrAntony @7stories and watch as Steve designs the best doughnuts to add to the giant panda wall. We’ll also have a host of themed activities to make and draw alongside with him, as well as watch him work.
Suitable for all ages, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Seven Stories admission prices apply.
http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/visit/times-prices

Michael Morpurgo sitting in the Michael Morpurgo exhibition at Seven Stories

Michael Morpurgo and David Almond

  • 1 April 2017 From 10:30am

David Almond and Michael Morpurgo will be in conversation talking about adaptations and what it is like for an author to adapt their work for plays, film and television. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and find more about their creative process.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

Tyneside Cinema
10-12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear
NE1 6QG

Services and facilities

Admission

£10 per person

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.

Seven Stories, The 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

0300 3301095

Fax

0191 276 4302

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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