CENL Event

20th September 2021

Paddington: The Story of a Bear


A small but perfectly formed exhibition celebrating everyone’s favourite bear

His heart-warming exploits and kind and caring nature have made Paddington one of the world’s most loved bears since his first appearance on the pages of A Bear Called Paddington. More than 60 years on his stories still delight people of all ages around the world.

Now fans, both big and small, can join Paddington as he sets off on a new adventure here at the British Library.

Whether tidying the attic, going to the laundrette or enjoying a birthday party, Paddington is forever making a mess. Follow his trail of marmalade splats to explore his tales of muddles and mishaps from his arrival in London, to home life with the Browns – but be careful to avoid Paddington’s toppling pots of paint!

For the older fans in the family, there’ll be a chance along the way to rediscover the many faces of Paddington that you’ve come to know and love, from original illustrations featured in the very first books to clips from the recent hit films and animated series.

And you can go right back to where it all began. Uncover the real-life inspiration behind the bear – through author Michael Bond’s own notes, his trusty typewriter and photographs that offer a glimpse into his remarkable life.

With a summer of family activities and events still to be announced there will be plenty to keep little sticky paws busy.

So don your hat and duffle coat, grab your travel case and join us for a marmalade sandwich-fuelled trip down memory lane.


Name: Paddington: The Story of a Bear
Where: PACCAR 2
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When:  – 
Opening times and visitor information
Price: Full Price: £8.00
Member: £0.00
Student: £3.00
Registered Unemployed: £3.00
Disabled: £3.00
National Art Pass Senior: £3.00
Child (0-11) : £0.00
Child (12-17): £3.00
National Art Pass: £4.00
Senior (60+): £3.00
Young Person (18-25): £3.00

A voluntary donation can be added over the regular ticket price. You will be helping the Library to conserve and share its collection. If you are a UK tax-payer and ‘Gift Aid’ your donation, the Library can reclaim the tax you have paid.

Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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