In a few short years, the National Lottery has helped Seven Stories become the UK’s National Centre for Children’s Books, based in the heart of some of Britain’s most disadvantaged communities in the North East. Seven Stories has received £660,000 in lottery funding from Arts Council England and £352,249 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Located in a seven-floor Victorian warehouse in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the centre welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year and attracts some of the biggest names in children’s literature to work with them to stage exhibitions and to take part in events.
Visitors to the centre now enjoy a year round programme of exhibitions, children's literature events and activities, performances, talks and workshops that bring to life the world of story and children’s books.
Seven Stories cares for the only collection in the world that tells the story of modern British children’s literature. This treasure trove includes original manuscripts and artwork by more than 100 authors and illustrators, including Judith Kerr, Enid Blyton, Philip Pullman, Kaye Webb and David Almond. The centre draws upon these special archives to create playful exhibitions, to inspire lively events, child-centred learning and offer a unique resource for teachers and researchers.
- Seven Stories’ Monday term time closure begins this Monday 24th April 2017 #sevenstories t.co/UzoXKSb00k t.co/rZtvf7xxBS
- We love Ruth's art! Inspired by Quentin Blake's artwork for Michael Morpurgo's Because a Fire Was in My Head!… t.co/YWXu4HrwsX
- Ready, steady, draw! Ben Cort has tasked everyone with designing a book cover - good luck all @7Stories t.co/nxg88eriEE
- We're having a race! Ben is drawing a dinosaur, Jayne is reading the story... who will finish first? #bencort… t.co/GdUn8vzjlf
- "How many eyes should our alien have?" "20!" #bencort #sevenstories t.co/zODC2e8FfP