Michael Morpurgo, A Lifetime in Stories

Date Occurs 10/08/2018 - 05/01/2019
Time Tues - Sat
Age range
Admission £2 under 16s/ £5 adults

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved story makers and the author behind some of the most loved children’s books. For the first time this unique exhibition showcases the notebooks and manuscripts that have become classics including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Farm Boy.

Also on display in the characteristically playful Seven Stories exhibition are photographs and correspondences that chronicle Michael’s creative process and writing career.

An atmospheric soundscape introduces the various and familiar themes in Michael’s storytelling such as war, animals and friendship and a replica of his creative caravan is reconstructed so that visitors can imagine, daydream and pen story ideas.

Also featured is artwork from many of the illustrators who have contributed to his books, including Sir Quentin Blake and Patrick Benson, alongside props from stage and film which have brought his remarkable stories to life.


This exhibition is devised by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Venue Information

  • The Dick Institute
  • Elmbank Ave
  • Kilmarnock
  • East Ayrshire
  • KA1 3BU
  • Tel: 01563 554300
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Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 1pm-8pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Wheelchair access Yes
Disabled toilet facilities Yes
Museum and Gallery spaces Yes
Central lending library Yes
Permanent collections - local & social history, natural sciences & archaeology Yes
Temporary displays & changing exhibitions Yes
Events & workshops Yes
Car parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Temporary & permanent museum & art displays Yes
Contemporary and fine art displays Yes
School & group visits welcome by appointment Yes
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