Building Our Collection

Donating material to Seven Stories

"It's so important to see where work comes from and how writers write, how illustrators illustrate.  What people see in the Seven Stories archive is that making books, making pictures, making stories is actually a very ordinary thing that they can become involved in." - David Almond, author and collection donor.

Seven Stories collects original artwork, manuscripts and books by British writers and illustrators for children from the 1930s to the present day. Since our foundation in the 1990s, we have established a nationally important collection which documents the richness, diversity and innovation of modern British authors and illustrators for children. Please contact Sarah Lawrance (Collection Director), to discuss prospective donations, which will help us tell the story of British children's literature more effectively.

Donate Royalties

Among its many supporters, Seven Stories is extremely fortunate to have authors, illustrators and their families who offer their talents by donating royalties to support our work. Please contact Amanda Beckham (Fundraising & Development Manager),, for more information.


Acquisitions Fund

With your help, we will be able to grow and preserve the Seven Stories collection for many years to come. Your contributions can help us to extend and care for our collection, create new opportunities for learning and inspiration and share this valuable heritage with generations of readers to come.

Friends of Seven Stories Cuth and Caroline Earl celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at Seven Stories and generously suggested that their guests donate to Seven Stories rather than give gifts.  Read more here about this imaginative and fun way to support our growing collection. 

For more information please contact Amanda Beckham (Fundraising & Development Manager),