Bears! (One slot remaining: Autumn/Winter 2019)

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery: February – April 2019

River and Rowing Museum, Henley: August - October 2019

Beacon Museum, Whitehaven: 28th March - 28th June 2020

Visitors are invited to bring in their teddy bears from home and take them on a journey through the exhibition. With Otto, the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson as your guide, visitors will be able to introduce their bears to children’s book bears old and new, encouraging an innovative way of looking at artwork and manuscripts in a museum.

A whole host of your favourite picture book bears are featured in a series of ‘bear-y’ habitats. Remind yourself of literature’s most famous bears including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears, talking bears, scary bears and toy bears.  Explore artwork and manuscripts from books such as Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear and The Piano and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

The Bears! exhibition includes a bear trail to help you on your adventure to find out more about bears in books. There will be plenty of opportunities for you and your bear to cosy up with a great bear-y book, as well as photo opportunities for you and your bear.

Download further information and specifications for the Bears exhibition here.

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