Bedtime Stories

This exhibition at the Museum of Childhood celebrates the power of bedtime stories to inspire the imagination.

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Historic toys, magical projections and a collection of quilts by artists and amateurs create an atmospheric display for all the family.

Toys from the Museum of Childhood’s collection bring to life poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, recalling his Edinburgh childhood around 1860. As in ‘The Land of Counterpane’, a bedspread becomes a landscape for marching soldiers, and a procession of wonderful animals and characters lead to the town of Sleep as described in ‘Young Night Thought’. Beautifully coloured Magic Lantern slides illuminate the room, as they did in children’s nurseries of the late 1800s.

To bring these memories up to date, the centrepiece of the exhibition is the large Bedtime Stories Quilt. Made by over 60 children and adults from across the UK, individual artworks come together into a patchwork of early memories and fond reminiscences. Which stories do you remember?

We are also delighted to display the quilt made by Valerie Greeley to illustrate Adele Geras’s poem The Dream Quilt. In the book, a mother embroiders stories which come to life in her baby’s dreams.

The exhibition also includes picture books for children, and a chance to contribute your own favourite bedtime stories to a wall of memories, sponsored by the Centre for Literature and Writing at Edinburgh Napier University.

Open Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

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