Rhyme Around the World

Opens Saturday 22 July

This colourful, multi-sensory exhibition invites our young visitors to step straight into their favourite nursery rhymes with plenty of opportunities for play and active learning.

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It comes to the museum from Seven Stories, the National Home of Children’s Books. The exhibition includes some favourite nursery rhymes such as ‘Old King Cole,’ ‘Polly, Put The Kettle On’ and ‘Hey Diddle, Diddle.’ The stories are accompanied by beautifully bright artwork from well-known illustrators including:

  • Axel Scheffler, best known for ‘The Gruffalo’, written by Julia Donaldson
  • Emily Gravett, writer and illustrator of the ‘Bear and Hare’ adventures and ‘Orange Pear Apple Bear’
  • Creator of the ‘Alfie’ series Shirley Hughes
  • Nick Sharratt, who works with Jacqueline Wilson

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Pop-up hands-on history

Throughout the summer holidays there will also be daily pop-up hands-on history activities suitable for older children. Activities will be changing daily so there’s always something different to try, from striking a coin to making a Roman mosaic or fossil rubbing. We also have some new museum trails to explore this summer. Visit our Facebook page to find our what’s happening today!