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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the V&A

Now–April 8th 2018

We’re just going to kick this article off by pointing out that there’s no such thing as too old for Winnie-the-Pooh. Ok? Ok.

The Victoria & Albert Museum knows this as well – granted, a lot of their Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition might seem to be geared towards children, but it’s the adults who are really going to appreciate an in-depth look at this classic character. These are some of its best features…

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Winnie-the-Pooh merchandise

Were you the proud owner of a flannel Piglet as a child? Did you love it so much both its ears fell off and it began to resemble a pink worm with arms? No? Just us, then.

Winnie-the-Pooh merchandise has been a big industry since the character’s inception, though, with nearly 100 years’ worth of toys, clothes and some more off-the-wall items on display, plus prints, crockery and badges available in the V&A shop afterwards. Come on, you were always going to visit the shop.

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E.H. Shepard drawings

The artist illustrated A.A. Milne’s stories for fifty years until his death in 1976. While the Disney versions of Pooh & Friends might be incredibly popular, it’s Shepard’s soft, pencil-and-watercolour drawings that have stood the test of time, and the combination of his artwork and Milne’s stories that made the original books into the childhood favourites of so many.

The exhibition features these drawings in large scale on the walls of the installations, as well as showcasing original artwork from the V&A’s collection that was last shown over 40 years ago.

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Children’s activities 

Ok, we surrender – some parts of the exhibition are just for children, and it’s definitely worth taking your little ones along to see them playing Pooh sticks in the interactive river, visiting Pooh’s house (rniging also, of course), and stopping halfway up the stairs.

We just hope they aren’t too embarrassed when we inevitably get stuck trying to go down the slide too.

The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL