Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories

Michael Morpurgo artwork of a boy surrounded by characters

An exclusive exhibition curated by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books

8 February – 16 June 2019 - Leeds City Museum

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best loved story makers and this unique exhibition showcases, for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that have become the classics we know today, including:

  • War Horse (1982, Egmont)
  • Private Peaceful (2003, Harper Collins)
  • Kensuke's Kingdom (1999, Egmont); and
  • The Butterfly Lion (1996, Harper Collins)

Visitors will have the chance to explore an imaginative and inspiring display of original manuscripts, notebooks, photographs and more. With distinctive areas created around the themes of Michael's stories, you can step in to the replica of Michael's 'creative caravan', sail away to the Wreck of the Zanzibar and get your wellies on for a trip to Mudpuddle Farm!

Look out for an original handwritten draft of War Horse, along with props from the stage show and film, plus plenty of immersive experiences to let your imagination run wild.

Events and activities will run throughout the exhibition, look out for our school holiday programme on Leeds Inspired and our Facebook page.

Celebrate the works of a treasured children's author as you daydream, pen stories and create your own illustrations with us at Leeds City Museum.