HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Seven Stories

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall makes an official visit to Seven Stories - National Centre for Children’s Books

 Wednesday 28th January 2015

Seven Stories - National Centre for Children’s Books welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to its visitor centre in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 28 January.

The Duchess of Cornwall is a keen supporter of projects that promote literacy and the enjoyment of books and reading. She visited Seven Stories to see the vital work we do to celebrate and share Britain’s rich heritage of children’s books.

Chief Executive Kate Edwards says “We are thrilled that The Duchess of Cornwall is visiting Seven Stories, especially because she will meet some of the children and families we work with. Her visit is all the more special because it marks the beginning of our 10th birthday celebrations.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall said, “This is the best place for children’s literature I have ever seen.  The staff have such passion.  Many congratulations on your 10th birthday and I hope it goes on another 100 years.”

Seven Stories is unique in Britain. We are the national home of children’s books. Our extraordinary archive of children’s literature is one of the most important in Britain.    From this, we create beautiful and playful exhibitions for children and families. These travel to venues across the country and have been enjoyed by more than 1.3 million people. In the 10 years since we opened, we have welcomed over 650,000 visitors to our centre in Newcastle, and worked with more than 100,000 school children in the North East.

The Duchess spent an hour at Seven Stories, meeting school children from Darlington’s Redhall Primary School and Byker Primary School, along with young families from Stanley One Point Children's Centre who took part in our Again! project.   The Duchess viewed original material from the Seven Stories archive including that of Judith Kerr, Philip Pullman, Enid Blyton and Shirley Hughes.

The Duchess of Cornwall will help us launch an exciting 10th birthday year” says Kate.  “In the spring we are planning a major refurbishment, building new exhibitions and making our visitor centre even more welcoming. In the future there will be more opportunities to enjoy our wonderful collection - everyone who visits Seven Stories will have a great day out!

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