Seven Stories

National Centre for Children’s Books,
30 Lime Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

Telephone: 0845 271 0777

Seven Stories Archive
Design Works
William Street
Tyne and Wear
NE10 0JP

Telephone: 0191 495 2707


Seven Stories holds the largest national archive of modern and contemporary children’s literature in Britain. This includes rough drafts, dummy books, correspondence and other papers. Currently the archive includes original artwork and manuscripts by around eighty authors and illustrators, including Philip Pullman, Edward Ardizzone and Judith Kerr and North-East writers including Robert Westall, David Almond and Eva Ibbotson. The collection also holds approximately 30,000 books.

All of the artwork and manuscript collections are fully catalogued, and the catalogues can be searched online:

Access to the archive is through appointment. It is helpful before you come to have some idea of what you would like to look at, but the collection team can assist. The archive is not only available to researchers but also to young people and their families, through a programme of exhibitions and learning programmes

For researchers:

Unpublished work, letters, notes and other such materials record how published texts were conceived, who and what shaped their development, and how they were received after publication. They give a glimpse into the mind of the author, and reveal layers of context which would otherwise be lost. Archival research can lead off in all sorts of unexpected directions, and both the presence and the absence of material can shape research projects in interesting, unpredictable ways. Beyond children’s literature, the Collection has also supported research in areas such as art & design, childhood studies, social history and biography”.