Exhibition: Paddington: The Story of a Bear

This exhibition runs from Fri, 9th Jul 2021 to Sun, 31st Oct 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

9th Jul 2021  
(9:30am - 5:30pm)
10th Jul 2021  
(9:30am - 5:30pm)
11th Jul 2021  
(9:30am - 5:30pm)
12th Jul 2021  
(9:30am - 5:30pm)
13th Jul 2021  
(9:30am - 5:30pm)
14th Jul 2021  
(9:30am - 5:30pm)
15th Jul 2021  
(9:30am - 5:30pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Fri, 9th Jul 2021

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £8

Featuring over 50 books, documents, film clips and original artworks, the exhibition explores Michael Bond’s creation of Paddington, from his arrival in the UK from Peru, to finding a new home, and his adventures in London.

His heart-warming exploits and kind and caring nature have made Paddington one of the world’s most loved bears since his first appearance on the pages of A Bear Called Paddington. More than 60 years on his stories still delight people of all ages around the world.

Now fans, both big and small, can join Paddington as he sets off on a new adventure here at the British Library.

Whether tidying the attic, going to the laundrette or enjoying a birthday party, Paddington is forever making a mess. Follow his trail of marmalade splats to explore his tales of muddles and mishaps from his arrival in London, to home life with the Browns – but be careful to avoid Paddington’s toppling pots of paint!

For the older fans in the family, there’ll be a chance along the way to rediscover the many faces of Paddington that you’ve come to know and love, from original illustrations featured in the very first books to clips from the recent hit films and animated series.

And you can go right back to where it all began. Uncover the real-life inspiration behind the bear – through author Michael Bond’s own notes, his trusty typewriter and photographs that offer a glimpse into his remarkable life.

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The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London,

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