NEW EXHIBITION AT OUR FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSEUM
Captivating tales penned by one of the nation’s best-loved children’s storytellers have come to life in a new exhibition in Leeds.
Curated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories opens is now open at Leeds City Museum, and takes families on a playful journey through hugely popular novels including War Horse, Private Peaceful and The Butterfly Lion.
Through a series of imaginative scenes themed around the author’s modern classics, visitors have the chance to step inside the stories, sailing away to the Wreck of the Zanzibar, taking a trip to Mudpuddle Farm or getting up close to a real life unicorn.
An enthralling collection of original manuscripts, notebooks and photographs will also give museum-goers a unique insight into the creation of the former Children’s Laureate’s books, which have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.
On display is a handwritten draft of War Horse, illustrating how the world-famous story evolved, alongside props showing how the book was later adapted into a hit stage show and blockbuster film.
Visitors can see a replica of the shipwreck featured in Wreck of the Zanzibar, a multi-sensory sculpture of Billy the Kid and an area for under-fives inspired by the Mudpuddle Farm Series.
And artwork loaned from some of Britain’s greatest illustrators including Quentin Blake, Patrick Benson and Michael Foreman add some colourful flair.
As part of the exhibition, young visitors will be encouraged to create their own stories and illustrations, with performances, events and activities throughout the school holidays designed to fire their imaginations.
The exhibition follows Leeds City Museum being named the most family friendly museum in the country in the prestigious Kids in Museums awards.
Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories will be at Leeds City Museum, which is free to enter runs until June 16, 2019.