From his iconic blue duffle coat to his fondness for marmalade sandwiches, the exhibition reveals how Paddington Bear was brought to life by creator, Michael Bond.
Bond's writing career began in 1945 while he was stationed in Cairo with the army. After receiving seven guineas for a short story he wrote for London Opinion magazine, he decided that he 'wouldn't mind being a writer'.
In 1958, while working as a BBC television cameraman on shows such as Blue Peter, his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published. Centred around tales of a bear from deepest darkest Peru, it was so popular it was turned into a series. By 1967 Bond was able to give up his BBC job to work full-time as an author.
Paddington's adventures have sold over 35 million books, been published in nearly 20 countries in over 40 languages, and have served as the inspiration for pop bands, race horses, a film and a television series. For this display, Seven Stories brings together charming original illustrations with Bond's manuscripts.