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Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen


Developed in partnership with National Media Museum in Bradford, this exciting exhibition showcases innovative and influential film and television adaptations inspired by children's books. The exhibition explores different aspects of storytelling and plots and features favourite stories including Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo and The Borrowers as well as fairy tales including Snow White, Cinderella and Shrek.

Many rare and intriguing objects are on display for the first time, offering visitors a rare chance to see manuscripts, illustrations, storyboards, costumes and film footage.  Exhibition highlights include:

• Roald Dahl’s original annotated notebooks from Fantastic Mr Fox – displayed alongside puppet’s from the 2009 film, directed by Wes Anderson
• Original manuscripts and illustrations from The Borrowers and Mr Stink, which were both adapted by the BBC 
• A Disney sketch of Snow White taken from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the ground breaking first ever feature filmcreated by Walt Disney Productions in 1937.

Like all Seven Stories exhibitions, Moving Stories is playful and interactive, inviting visitors to step into the worlds of film and story on show - ride in Cinderella’s carriage, enjoy stunning original illustrations of Snow White and mix-up your favourite fairy tales to create some hilarious new stories. Pick up a Story Starter Card and engage with this exhibition in a whole new way; dress up, act out your favourite scenes and more! 

New Activities for Under 5s! 

Your feedback has told us that you would to see more for babies and toddlers in Moving Stories  and we have listened! Come down and enjoy sensory play with puppets, games and interactive spaces. Curl up on the grass with Snow White and her animal friends, have a tea party with the Mad Hatter and Alice and enjoy puzzles and games with Charlie and Lola

Sensory Explorer Bags 

You don't have to only use your eyes to enjoy our art work! Grab a Sensory Explorer Bag from reception and get ready to explore Moving Stories with sounds, smellsandtextures. Five bags are available, choose from Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo, Mr Stink, Peter Pan and Cinderella. Sensory Explorer Bags are available on a first come first served basis, please call 0845 271 0777 ext 300 to reserve a bag during busy periods. 

Judith Kerr sensory bags are also available for you to enjoy as a family in other areas of the building. 

A £10 cash deposit is required when checking out our Sensory Explorer bags. During busy periods a time slot may be issued. 


Mixed Up Fairy Tale Performance 

Plus don't miss the chance to see our fantastic new Mixed - Up Fairy Tales Performance, developed specially for Moving Stories. We all know what our favourite characters get up to in their own stories but what about when they pop out the their own pages and onto someone else's? Wander into the deep dark wood with the White Rabbit and meet some traditional characters doing some distinctly untraditional things things in this exciting new performance inspired by our new exhibition. 

Gift Ideas! 

Lost and Found Jewellery Collection 

£125 - £170 

Seven Stories is the only UK stockist of this stunning jewellery collection inspired by Oliver Jeffers best-selling books. 

Spineless Classics 

£29.99 - £36.99 

Imagine a whole book on a single sheet - a bold art print on which, up close, you can read the full and complete text of your favourite classic work. Including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Can you become an illustrator?

Illustrators use pictures to help tell a story. They’re inspired by the author’s words. Words to Pictures gives you the chance to become an illustrator using words to spark your imagination and create a drawing for all to see.