Last Friday, members of the public had their first opportunity to see the Enid Blyton Collection, as part of a special ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of Seven Stories. It was a great moment for us, to see people having a genuinely ‘hands-on’ experience of the typescripts, artwork and books, and to be on hand to answer any questions they had. There was lots of discussion about Enid Blyton’s working methods, as well as plenty of opportunity to share childhood memories of reading Blyton. All in all, it was a resounding success! We will be running more of these behind the scenes tours, with hands-on access to the Blyton archive in the coming months. The next one is scheduled for 10th March – check out our website to find out more.
This morning, our assistant curator also installed a display of material from the Enid Blyton Collection in the Storylab at Seven Stories. So it’s all go for a Blyton Bonanza of a half-term! And for those of you who might be thinking “This is all very well, but it’s a little far for me to just pop in and take a look”, the digitisation of material from the collection is progressing well, and we should have some images online very soon. And blog readers will be the first to know when they become available to the public!