A new, multi-sensory exhibition called ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic‘ is open to visitors at the V&A in London until 8th April 2018. Comprising a wealth of never-seen-before sketches, ceramics, fashion and letters, the temporary exhibition explores the partnership between author A. A. Milne and illustrator Ernest Howard Shepard, and takes a fresh look at the origins of the lovable bear.
The exhibition features several rooms, each one exploring a different aspect of Winnie-the-Pooh’s stories, conception, and influence on artists and people internationally. There’s a great deal of tactile and interactive elements for blind and partially sighted visitors to experience including a staircase to climb and sit ‘Halfway Down’ with 3D verses on the walls.
Elsewhere, children young and old can listen to extracts of A. A. Milne’s stories read by the author himself. In the ‘Forest’ room, visitors are invited to perch under two listening trees or in an upturned umbrella to listen to extracts, some read by children, as bees buzz around and rain sounds fall. Also, in this interactive space, there’s a hamper packing activity with food-shaped items and a dressing up area to try on sou’westers and mackintoshes – just like those Pooh Bear wore when it rained.
Don’t forget, blind and partially sighted children can also get to know Winnie and his unforgettable friends by borrowing our Living Picture Pack Winnie-the-Pooh or Teddy Bears Picnic, which also features literary bears Paddington, Rupert, Pudsey, and many more.
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