New exhibition in Edinburgh showcases favourite childhood books


21 October 2016
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A new exhibition at Edinburgh's Museum of Childhood celebrates favourite childhood reads from days gone by.

A new exhibition at Edinburgh's Museum of Childhood celebrates favourite childhood reads from days gone by.

The display includes picture books and the chance for visitors to contribute their own favourite bedtime stories to a wall of memories, sponsored by the Centre for Literature and Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. 

The exhibition's centrepiece is a huge quilt showcasing artworks by more than 60 creative children and adults from across the UK. 

Inspired by the beloved books and memories of a good story before bed, it has been displayed alongside further colourful quilts, historic toys and magical projections in an exhibition celebrating the power of bedtime stories to inspire the imagination.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh's Culture Convener, said: "Escape the dark days of autumn and winter with a trip to the Museum of Childhood's cosy Bedtime Stories display. Young children will love discovering cuddly toys of years gone by while older ones will enjoy spotting scenes and characters of bedtime tales from their own childhoods.  

"The centrepiece of the exhibition is a brand new item, created especially for the Museum to display. This is a first for the Museum and offers a true patchwork of the nation's memories and favourite tales. Look closely and you can identify traditional nursery rhymes like Jack and the Beanstalk, Scots classics by Robert Louis Stevenson, and modern day favourites like the Very Hungry Caterpillar and even the Teletubbies."

The free exhibition is at the Edinburgh Museum of Childhood until 24 February 2017.

Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG; website.

Read about exploring favourite childhood reads in the November issue of Scottish Memories, available in print and digital editions.