22 July 2017 – 25 February 2018

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved story makers and this unique exhibition showcases, the notebooks and manuscripts that became the classics we know today including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Farm Boy.

Explore the secrets behind Michael’s storytelling through his original drafts, adaptations, scripts and unpublished manuscripts. With content rich in historical research, creativity and poignant prose, this exhibition looks at the processes behind some of the most loved titles in modern children’s books.

The various and familiar themes in Michael’s storytelling: war, animals and friendship, are explored throughout the exhibition using atmospheric soundscapes.

Included in the exhibition is artwork from some of the many illustrators who have contributed to Michael’s books over his career which is now into its fiftieth year. You will also get a chance to meet Joey, the original life-size West End horse puppet from the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of War Horse. Joey was donated to the V&A by Handspring Puppet Company in 2013.

This exhibition is devised by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.




The Goose from War Horse Visits the Museum of Childhood