Here at GLAM we are thrilled to announce that in November 2014 Seven Stories was awarded £341,500 from Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Collecting Cultures’ programme (the only institution in the North East to have received funding in this round). The funding has enabled Seven Stories to make several artwork purchases.  It has also supported acquisition-related costs of a number of archives received by donation, including the following:

Beverley Naidoo Archive

The archive of the award-wining author of Journey to Jo-Burg (1985) includes material relating to her published novels, short stories and anthologies, draft material and correspondence, as well as her non fictional titles and research into equality, diversity and multiculturalism in children’s literature.  The collection also includes educational resources, fan mail and responses to Beverley’s work.  This archive has already been the inspiration for a fantastic theatre in education project with Shotton Hall Academy in County Durham.

Elisabeth Beresford Archive

The archive of Elisabeth Beresford (The Wombles) represents her entire career and includes manuscripts, proofs, correspondence, notes, research papers, and publicity material relating to most of her titles for children. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the papers relate to the Wombles books, television series, merchandise, and continuing legacy. However, Beresford’s earlier career as a writer of adventure stories (such as her Magic series) is also strongly represented as well as her other writings for print and television, of which she produced a considerable amount throughout her life.

Michael Morpurgo Archive

The collection comprises draft manuscripts, photographs, notebooks and related correspondence from Morpurgo’s first publication It Never Rained (1974) to his most recent An Eagle in the Snow (2015).   Highlights include material relating to the adaptation of War Horse from book to stage to screen; research notes and drafts of Morpurgo’s many talks and lectures including his iconic Dimbleby lecture, ‘Set our Children Free’ (2011); manuscripts of unpublished early work; typewritten manuscripts from Ted Hughes of the poems he wrote for All Around the Year (1979), an early collaboration with Morpurgo.

The Morpurgo archive will be showcased in a major exhibition, to be launched at Seven Stories on 1 July 2016.

Research for the Michael Morpurgo exhibition is being supported through a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Seven Stories and Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, and funded by InnovateUK and the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC).  This is the first KTP involving an English department; to date the KTP scheme has usually been used to support collaborations in the field of science and technology.