Our Supporters

Be part of our story - Seven Stories is a charity and relies on donations from businesses and individuals as well as trusts and foundations.


Chapter One Founders

Our Chapter One Founders are people who have made an outstanding contribution to establishing Seven Stories as Britain’s only gallery and archive dedicated to children’s literature, through their generosity in sharing their time and expertise, through significant donations of money which enabled Seven Stories to be built or significant donations of archive material that enabled the early development of the Seven Stories’ Collection.

They include our founders Elizabeth Hammill OBE & Mary Briggs OBE, who had the original idea for the centre and made it a reality.

Our Friends include:

Sarah Davnall

Berlie Doherty

The Earl Family

Martha Hart

Rose Harrison

Joan Lingard

Deirdre McDermott

Morrison & Mann Ltd.

Fiz Osborne, Bloomsbury Children's Books

The Pelham Family

The Shipley Family

The family of Ursula Moray Williams

and other kind supporters who wish to remain anonymous


Corporate Sponsors


Capital Funders

The John S Cohen Foundation                                                      

Foyle Foundation

Gillian Dickinson Charitable Trust                                                 

Hadrian Trust

The Equitable Charitable Trust                                                       

Idlewild Trust

Sir James Knott Trust                                                                     

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

James Patterson Bookshop Awards                                             

Garfield Weston Foundation

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation                                                 

Walker Books

and the many friends and individual supporters of Seven Stories.

Project Funders

Art Fund                                                                           

Beecham Schools Fund at the Community Foundation

Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Fund                     

Ernest Cook Trust

Ballinger Charitable Trust                                               

The Siobhan Dowd Trust

The Equitable Charitable Trust                                       

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust

Marsh Christian Trust                                                       

The Shears Foundation

The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts         

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


Seven Stories is an affiliate member of The Happy Museum Affiliate Scheme, a new peer learning network for the sector.

Seven Stories is signed up to the Family Arts Standards - a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.

We have many valued and long term partnerships with publishers and other businesses.  

We present fantastic opportunities to be involved with the UK's only cultural centre dedicated to children's books and to make valuable connections with customers, families, employees and communities in creative ways.

Our partnerships with grant-making trusts and foundations make a big difference to our work with children and young people.  There are always opportunities to support our ground breaking exhibitions and learning and participation programmes, as well as supporting the best care for and access to our collections. Please contact info@sevenstories.org.uk about the difference your support could make.