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.
- If you missed @MicheRobinson & #DavidRoberts at @7Stories, fear not! They have signed lots of copies of #Bearspotting for the bookshop 🐻 👀📚
- @ChrisChatterton @MicheRobinson will be around for a little while to see the exhibitions and do some shopping if you're close?
- The very lovely & talented David Roberts & @MicheRobinson (well camouflaged) signing copies of their bearilliant bo… t.co/pPvisWIojM
- @ChrisChatterton @MicheRobinson she is indeed and is in the bookshop right now!
- @MicheRobinson takes us on a bearspotting journey whilst David draws us fleeing in panic! Time to tiptoe away ready… t.co/vLO2zGTmgn