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A Paddington Bear Exhibition Has Arrived In London

Julie Freeman Julie Freeman - Staff Writer

a paddington bear exhibition has arrived in London

Whether you’re 6 or 65, it’s impossible not to love Paddington Bear.

If you were excited about the news this week that ‘Paddington 3’ is officially in the works, we’ve got yet another announcement that’ll make your entire day. An exhibition dedicated entirely to Paddington Bear has just arrived at the British Library, and it’ll be there until October 31. ‘Paddington: The Story of a Bear’ invites both children and adults to dive into the world of their favourite fictional bear, following his 60-year journey through London and beyond.

a paddington bear exhibition has arrived in London

The Paddington Bear exhibition explores Paddington’s many stories, playfully leading you through his world from Peru and London to the home of the Browns. Aside from immersive film clips and original artworks, you’ll find a whole room full of Paddington memorabilia: Over 50 books (including a first edition), documents, and personal items from author Michael Bond will be on display, highlighting all stages from inspiration and creation to Paddington’s 60-year celebration.

first edition of a bear called paddington
First edition of ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ by Michael Bond, given to his parents

In addition, there’ll be plenty of creative content developed in partnership with two local primary schools in Camden, as well as a programme of events, workshops, and online activities for schools and families.

Alison Bailey, lead curator of Paddington: The Story of a Bear said: “Paddington: The Story of a Bear is a fun, family-friendly exhibition recalling the many faces of Paddington we’ve come to know and love in original artwork, books, and scenes from TV and film adaptations. This exhibition reminds us why, over 60 years on from his creation, Paddington still resonates with people of all ages, wherever they are in the world.”

a paddington bear exhibition has arrived in London

‘Paddington: The Story of a Bear’ is taking place at the British Library from July 9 – October 31. Find more information and book your tickets here.

For more nostalgic fun, check out the ‘Moomin’ trail and exhibition at Walthamstow Wetlands.