Alongside our permanent galleries we have a programme of changing temporary exhibitions.

Whenever we can, we will create a unique workshop linked directly to the exhibition, giving us the opportunity to explore different themes and often work with the exhibitors themselves. Keep checking this page to find out what we have to offer!

On now:

Bears!  Sat 3 Aug – Sun 3 Nov

If you’re going down to the woods today…this summer the Museum will be bursting with Bears!

Revisit your favourite stories and meet some of literature’s most famous bears, including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears and toy bears.

Go on your own bear hunt through the bears’ glade, curl up with your favourite story in the bear cave and enjoy dressing up as your favourite characters. Original artwork and manuscripts featured in the exhibition include Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear and The Piano and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

The exhibition comes to us from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Coming soon:

The Snowman™ and the Snowdog Sat 23 Nov – Sun 19 Jan

Follow the wondrous adventures of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, with over 40 original illustrations from the film in this exciting festive exhibition.

As well as behind-the-scenes drawings, preparatory sketches and artwork used in the film, there activities for everyone to enjoy.  Get a fascinating insight into the creative process that brought The Snowman™ back to life for a new generation of viewers and see how the animators drew faces and selected their colour palette. A delightful way to make memories and discover this iconic story.

Bring your KS1 students to enjoy the exhbition and take part in the Materials workshop with a special snowman twist!