Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the V&A
Oh Bother!!! I'll just have to spend a day inside the V&A with that Silly Old Bear instead of the rain outside.
What a wonderful exhibition the Victoria and Albert Museum has produced for us, it is so charming your heart will be floating like Pooh Bear and his balloon.
The Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition takes you on a journey discovering the universal language Pooh Bear has had for his 91 years on this earth. Either through Pooh Bear restyled in the manner of Han Solo and Chewbecca or Pooh Bear Exercise Manual or the Young Princess Elizabeth's tea service or my favourite and something I had as a child The Winnie-the-Pooh in Fuzzy Felt. Pooh Bear is able to reach out to every one in every language and in every age.
The exhibit was lucky enough to showcase the Toy Props made for the Film 'Goodbye Christoper Robin' which are recreations of Christopher Robin's toys he once played with. As well as the photo of Christopher Robin and the Winnipeg Bear that inspired Pooh Bear's name.
I had such a wonderful moment when I couldn't believe I was looking at the Original Illustrations by EH Shepard. You are able to see all the working sketches he made of Christopher Robin in Ashdown Forest and bringing Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends to life. It took you on a story of discovering the inspiration and how the illstruations where created for the wonderful books that AA Milne wrote. There is even original work from the late 1960s to show how much Winnie-the-Pooh inspired the world and how he has a special part in each child's heart. I take pride in that I was so happy I began to walk around like Pooh Bear.
The Exhibition was so wonderfully present with its layout. It felt like you where weaving in amongst the books of the page. You where able to walk through Christopher Robin's bedroom to Pooh Bear's front door. Play Pooh Stick on the bridge, slide down into the 100 Aker Woods as well as getting stuck in rabbit hole just like Pooh Bear did when he had too much honey.
There is something for everyone at this wonderful exhibition, grown ups remembering the joy from their childhood and young children discovering Pooh Bear. This was one of the most wonderful exhibits I have ever been too, it filled me with such joy I bounced around the V&A Museum for the rest of the day.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is at the Victoria and Albert Museum from the 9th December 2017 to 8th April 2018. If you missed out the V&A produced a wonderful book full of the history and many of the sketches from the exhibit.