- Tyne and Wear
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- Free entry with National Art Pass.
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Since it opened in 2005, Seven Stories has been Britain's national gallery and archive of children's literature and art.
Housed in a seven storey, Grade II listed Victorian warehouse, it celebrates the role of books in childhood and the place of children's literature in British culture.
Seven Stories is home to a national collection of manuscripts and original illustrations by some of the UK's finest authors and children's illustrators, including work by Jacqueline Wilson, Terry Jones, Philip Pullman and Quentin Blake. Its collection of original typescripts by Enid Blyton is the largest collection of her work in the world.
Art Funded works
A set of illustrations for Graham Greene's The Little Train by artist Edward Ardizzone is a complete set of watercolours by one of the most important and influential illustrators of the 20th century. The set joins a group of illustrations by Dorothy Craigie, Greene's mistress, for the first edition of the book, giving visitors a fascinating opportunity to compare two artists' approaches to the same subject.
A rolling programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes serves the institution's aim to save and protect Britain's literary heritage for children.