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Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book

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Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book, is creating a national archive of modern and contemporary materials (artwork, manuscripts and books) relating to British children's books. Its premises include a visitor centre with two galleries, a bookshop, creative spaces and a cafe. It offers a dynamic programme of events and educational programmes as well as support for researchers in its collections.

SELLL's Children's Literature Unit (CLU) works closely with Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book. CLU staff provide consultancy, sit on management and steering committees and provide continuing professional development, while Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book offers SELLL students unique access to its resources through dedicated open evenings, free entry to events, and meaningful work placements. Both undergraduates and postgraduates have been trained to work in the archives, facilitate visitor events, undertake outreach work and contribute to core activities such as sorting archival material, cataloguing and working in the galleries.

The CLU and Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book also collaborate in many other ways. For instance, by running joint conferences, formally sharing information about research in progress and making joint funding bids. Three CLU doctoral students funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme have based their research in Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book and helped to open up the collections for new researchers. This close collaboration has helped students find work after they complete their studies - including at Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book.

Open evening and archive for SELLL students at Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book

Open evening for SELLL students

 

Paul Black (SELLL undergraduate and Masters student, 2002-2006)

Paul Black

"My experience with the Children's Literature Unit at Newcastle University was a major part of securing my role at Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book. Not only did the study of Children's Literature increase the gravitas and knowledge I could bring to the role, but the contacts and skills I gained as a student in SELLL University helped secure my position as Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book's Events Officer".

Hannah Green (Seven Stories: the National Centre for the Children's Book's Archivist)

Excerpts from a talk given at SELLL by Hannah Green about the importance of preserving the archive material of Rosemary Sutcliff. Sutcliff was the author of such children's books as 'The Eagle of the Ninth', soon to be released as a full length feature film entitled 'The Eagle'.

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