The V&A’s upcoming exhibition will feature original drawings of the beloved bear and his friends when it opens to the public on the 9th December. 

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Titled Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, the exhibition will display original drawings of Winnie-the-Pooh for the first time in 40 years at the museum as part of the UK’s largest ever exhibition on Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

This multi-sensory exhibition will explore the world of the famous bear and his friends, revealing the real people, relationships and inspirations behind Winnie-the-Pooh through original illustrations, manuscripts, proofs and early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

As they wonder through the display, visitors can explore the creative collaboration between Milne and Shepard, as well as Milne’s storytelling through his humorous use of language.

Talking about the news of the exhibition Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “I’m delighted that Winnie-the-Pooh is being celebrated at the V&A, nearly 40 years since he last took centre stage at the Museum. From the world’s largest collection of E.H. Shepard’s Winnie-the-Pooh pencil drawings, to homemade honey from our rooftops in South Kensington, the V&A is the perfect home for Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and friends. This is our first exhibition specifically for younger families and we look forward to welcoming another generation into A.A. Milne’s magical, intimate, joyous world.”

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic will wonder through ninety years of history of the bear, delving into the archives of the V&A, The Walt Disney Company, Egmont Publishing, The Shepard Trust and The University of Surrey, to feature around 230 works from 1920 to the present day.

Highlights of the exhibition will include: A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh manuscript and pages from the manuscript of House at Pooh Corner from the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge, E.H. Shepard’s first Winnie-the-Pooh character portraits, made by copying A.A. Milne’s son Christopher’s real toys, and original sketches of the forest landscape and a Christopher Robin nursery tea set presented to Princess Elizabeth in 1928, generously lent by Her Majesty the Queen from the Royal Collection.

 Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum from the 9th December 2017 until the 8th April 2018. For more information visit: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/winnie-the-pooh-exploring-a-classic

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