What does Seven Stories collect?

Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. We collect material relating to the history of children’s books in Britain from 1930 right through to the present day. Our collection includes original artwork and manuscripts by over 100 authors and illustrators, including Philip Pullman, Robert Westall, Enid Blyton, Edward Ardizzone and Judith Kerr. Our aim is to collect material that shows the whole process behind the making of children’s books, from drafts and dummy books to finished artwork and final typescripts. We also collect material that relates to the wider children’s book industry, showing the role editors and publishers play in making children’s books.

As well as our hugely significant archive we have an extensive library of printed books charting the history of British children’s literature. Our library holds many rare and important titles and is a valuable resource for researchers and children’s literature enthusiasts.

Through our efforts to preserve the nation’s children’s book heritage we have built up a significant collection of books and archives containing many unique, historically valuable and wonderful items.

Our Visitor Centre in Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne - home to our exhibitions (but not our collections!)

What do we do with our collections?

We use our collections in all sorts of ways! At our visitor centre in Newcastle upon Tyne our curators put on inspiring and imaginative exhibitions featuring original material by some of Britain’s best loved and most significant children’s authors and illustrators. Many of these exhibitions then go on tour to other venues across the country. You can find details of all of our current events and exhibitions on our website: www.sevenstories.org.uk.

As part of our aim to encourage a love of reading we regularly draw upon our collections in our outreach work with schools and communities. We believe that everyone should have the right to learn from and be inspired by our collections.

As custodians of the only collection in the world dedicated to telling the story of British children’s literature from the 1930s to present, we make our collections fully available to researchers with a variety of interests. Our collections are regularly used by children’s literature specialists, art students, writers, illustrators and many others. Anyone with a research interest, or simply a passion for children’s books, is welcome to come and view the material we hold at our collections department in Gateshead.

A small selection form our extensive library of children's books and related literature

How can I find out more about the Seven Stories collection?

If you’d like to see what we hold in our collection and find out more about some of the highlights, then have a look at our collections web pages: http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/collection. You can search our archive using the online catalogue or via the list of authors and illustrators. If there’s a book you’re looking for that you think we might have in our library then send an enquiry to collections@sevenstories.org.uk.

Students looking at the Collection

How can I view the collection?

You can find out about exhibitions featuring material from our collections at our visitor centre and around the country, via our website: www.sevenstories.org.uk.

If you have a particular research interest and would like to arrange a visit to our collections department then visit our collection web pages to find out more: http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/collection, or email collections@sevenstories.org.uk.