Become a Friend of Seven Stories - because children’s books matter

Friends of Seven Stories are passionate about children’s books and support what we are doing to save Britain’s rich tradition of children’s literature and the many ways that we share its magic and power with new young readers. Our friends enjoy a special relationship with Seven Stories, playing a vital role in helping us to make a difference to Britain’s literary life.

Our Friends receive our grateful thanks, and:

  • Free entry to Seven Stories each year
  • Personal invitations to special events and VIP previews at Seven Stories
  • Invitations to attend author events and curator talks
  • Behind the scenes curator tour – bring a friend or family, search for a cherished childhood book and unearth the secrets behind some of our great titles
  • Newsletters, updates and events guides
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our website

A Friend's Membership costs £10 per month or an annual donation of £120 (£12.50 and £150 for Families)

To become a Friend of Seven Stories please download a leaflet and application form here.

To read our latest Friends' News click here.

Why we need Friends

"Seven Stories is a place that celebrates books - it’s as simple as that - it's about how books are made, where books come from, how children can get involved in books. It's fun and it's wonderful and I love it." Michael Rosen

Friends of Seven Stories are passionate about children’s literature and support what we are doing to save it and the ways we share its magic with new young readers. The money you give will directly fund the work we do:

  • acquiring and caring for outstanding works of art and important manuscripts
  • creating inspirational exhibition and learning programmes
  • in the community to encourage a love of books and reading

As a Friend you'll be an integral part of Seven Stories, seeing what we do and how we work close up.

Our Supporters

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 & Mary Briggs, 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.