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21 Jul 2015

New Chapter for Seven Stories

After 10 years of being open every day and welcoming 700,000 visitors, Seven Stories has grown up with a new refurbishment to cater for new exhibitions,  growing visitor numbers and an enhanced corporate offer. Investment into the fabric of the building has made the visitor experience even more enjoyable, improving how the building works for visitors and to making it more energy efficient. The scheme cost £750,000 and is being supported by grants from Arts Council England and a number of trusts and foundations.  

Seven Stories re-opened on Sunday 19 July 2015 with three new exhibitions: Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition, Rhyme Around the World – A Nursery Rhyme Exhibition and A Bear Called Paddington (StoryLab Exhibition). The much-loved Bookden has become a dedicated for area for under 4s book play, while the Creation Station has been transformed into a working artist’s studio where aspiring young authors and illustrators can practice different techniques. In the Artist’s Attic, performances and story times  have added magic through theatrical lighting and setting.   


An office and storage space has been converted into the Word Lab, an flexible space that can be used for a variety of functions including and inspiring place to eat lunch. Sliding cupboards painted with blackboard paint allow children to write and set their stories free.

Charles Greenall from ADP said, “Having been lucky enough to be commissioned as the original architect for Seven Stories back in 2002, we are absolutely delighted to be once again working with Kate and her staff at this National Cente, helping breathe new life into the project  for its landmark birthday. It’s not every day that an architect gets a chance to revisit their scheme and develop their thinking to address the needs, demands, aspirations and sense of adventure that each unique visitor brings with them.” 

Kate Edwards, Chief Executive of Seven Stories said, “Seven Stories has become part of childhood for thousands of children from the North East and beyond, and has been successful beyond our hopes and dreams. This refurbishment and our new exhibitions will make Seven Stories even more welcoming and magical for generations to come and a great day out for children and grownups alike.”



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