Seven Stories book centre given national status

Jacqueline Wilson speaks to young people at Seven Stories Seven Stories patron Jacqueline Wilson is arguably most famous for the Tracy Beaker series

Related Stories

Newcastle's noted Seven Stories book centre is to be renamed the National Centre for Children's Books, Arts Council England has confirmed.

Seven Stories is the only museum in the UK that specialises in children's literature.

The centre opened in 2005 and hosts exhibitions and learning programmes.

Author and patron Jacqueline Wilson said she was "delighted" and praised the centre's "excellent comprehensive and creative work".

"It's established a wonderful exhibition programme to delight families and built up an outstanding archive of children's literature," she added.

The collection contains literature from the 1930s to present day, including the work of more than 100 authors such as Philip Pullman, Judith Kerr and Enid Blyton.

In 2011 a trust set up in Blyton's name donated £750,000 to the centre.

Amongst some 30,000 books are first drafts, dummy books, illustrations and related correspondence.

Families reading at the centre Seven Stories becomes the only museum in the North East with 'National' in its title.

The new name was arrived at after a period of assessment by the Arts Council. The new name means it the only museum in the North East with 'National' in its title.

Chief Executive at Seven Stories, Kate Edwards, thanked everyone who has given funding and support.

She said, "We will work hard to meet the expectations and responsibilities that National status brings us.

"The title does not automatically bring new funds, so support from our friends to help us to save, celebrate and share our literary heritage for children with children and families today, and for future generations, will be important in the years to come."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories



  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • Woman with closed eyeStrange light show

    What do you see when you close your eyes?

  • Sony WalkmanLost ideas

    What has happened to Japan's inventors?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.