London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the best in the city. I love spending time there looking at the stunning collections they have on show. The museum recently held an exhibition on the history of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.
I’m sure Winnie the Pooh needs no introduction, the bears’ adventures have provided entertainment for many generations and will likely continue to do so in future years. I’ve always loved Winnie the Pooh (Tigger was my favourite as a child), but having recently watched the film Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) my interest spiked as I learnt more about how the characters were created, making it all the more special. A. A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin’s soft toys, bedtime stories and imagination were the main inspiration behind the magical world.
I was intrigued when I heard about the V&A’s celebration of the 90-year-old story. An exhibition filled with balloons, bees, books and wall art…this was definitely where I needed to be!
The exhibition was naturally very popular. People of all ages were attending and all found something which made them smile. Here’s just a few of the items which were on display, all collected from various places specifically for this exhibition:
There were various toy collections, showcasing the original looks of the characters, some from the 1920’s and some which were made as props for the film Goodbye Christopher Robin in 2016.
The exhibition was very child-friendly, with plenty of fun, sensory activities and areas to explore, including a slide and craft table.
A game of ‘pooh-sticks’, providing a sensory experience for children and a lovely display:
All the original illustrations by E. H. Shepard were a highlight for me. I’ve used these pictures so many times to make cards and gifts, many of them have become quite special to me.
This map of the 100 acre wood was one of my favourites, I especially love ‘Eeyore’s gloomy place’ in the bottom right hand corner!
The scenery and decor were marvelous. The walls were plastered with illustrations and quotes, with words hanging from the ceiling and hiding spots for children.
I particularly liked the ‘thoughtful spot’.
Original manuscripts written by A. A. Milne himself:
The V&A had some great merchandise to go alongside the exhibition including books, illustration prints, and toys of the original Winnie the Pooh characters. The exhibition is running until the 8th April 2018. I highly recommend a visit for anyone with an interest in the stories and characters.