Seven Stories has re-opened to the public after a three-month makeover – and we were one of the first families to see the end result!
I was just as excited as the kids, having been teased with pictures on the centre’s social media feed in the days leading up to our visit, including one of the calligraphy-inspired reception desk.
I’ve been taking James and Sophie since they were babies and my nephews provided a convenient excuse for a visit before that.
Painting With Rainbows also introduced me to the work of Michael Foreman and I was particularly taken by the story of the ‘ditty box’ carried by soldiers during the First World War.
While the kids were happy doing things like staring at the stars in the wigwam and dressing up, I was more interested in the letters, draft manuscripts and early illustrations adorning the walls – my favourite part of Seven Stories!
I love to see the story behind a book’s development – an agent’s letter to Michael Bond, for example, pointing out that bears do not reside in Africa, hence the change to Peru.
I’m already looking forward to our next trip – to see author Jonny Duddle and set sail on a pirate adventure!