“Most visitors will be divided into young children and those who remember the books from when they were young. There’s something for both.” The Times
Continuing until April this year, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London are hosting an interactive exhibition devoted to all things Winnie-The-Pooh. This is the first exhibition from the V&A that has been aimed at families with younger children.
You enter the exhibition under a ceiling full of iconic blue balloons. You can stand on Pooh sticks bridge,with computer generated water running under it and, if you’re small enough, crawl inside a model of Eeyore’s house.
The original E.H. Shepard drawings make up a large part of the exhibition. Some were drawn for the original book published in 1926 and are so delicate that this is the first time they have been exhibited for 40 years.
There is also a huge amount of merchandise on display spanning 90 years. You can see everything from mass produced toys and games, to the tea set presented to The Queen on her 2nd birthday in 1928 and a Kath Kidson Winnie-the-Pooh dress produced in 2016.
In the section titled “The Art of Narrative” we are provided with an insight into how the magic of Winnie-the-Pooh was created. This section aims to inspire visitors, both young and old to write their own stories or draw their own pictures.
Image copyright: The V&A Museum
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