Newly refurbished Museum of Childhood presents Growing Up With Books

Newly refurbished Museum of Childhood presents Growing Up With Books

June 27, 2018

Developed in partnership with Scotland’s Early Literature for Children Initiative (SELCIE), the new exhibition ‘Growing Up With Books’ at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, explores the history of children’s literature as glimpsed through the Museum’s collections, with books dating from the 1700s through to the mid-20th century.

The aim of the partnership between SELCIE and the Museum of Childhood was to explore the treasures of the Museum’s book collection and share the books which were inspired by, made for and loved by their young readers.

Special attention is given to Scotland, the home of so many children’s writers, and to the important, but often forgotten role which women writers played in the creation of children’s books. There are plenty of familiar characters and some surprises too, including a book from 1725 with a connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie, and well known fairy tales. Personal stories are told through inscriptions, scraps and handmade stories.

The exhibition is also accompanied by a series of free, drop-in events, including eight family art sessions, and four storytelling sessions inspired by ‘Growing Up With Books’. Find out more about these events here.

As part of the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival, there will also be a partnership event with the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 20 Oct called ‘Once Upon a Book’, featuring an array of Scottish storytellers.

The exhibition runs from 1 Jun – 9 Dec 2018.


Scotland’s Early Literature for Children Initiative (SELCIE) is a collaborative research project based in English Literature in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC). Founded by Valentina Bold and Sarah Dunnigan in 2016, it is dedicated to exploring Scotland’s forgotten history of children’s literature.