The first Winnie-the-Pooh exhibtion at V&A in 40 years opens in London with over two hundred items celebrating the honey-loving bear. Jayson Mansaray reports.
He's the honey-loving bear that has been capturing the imagination of children and adults for over nine decades. Now the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London has opened an exhibition dedicated to 'Pooh's' story. Featuring pages of author AA Milne's original transcripts.. .... illustator E.H. Shpepard's first winnie-the-pooh character portrait.... And a tea set, lent by her majesty the queen that she received as a princess in 1928. It's the first Winnie-the-Pooh exhibtion at the V&A in 40 years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CURATOR, EMMA LAWS, SAYING: "So it's a good time to do it Winnie the Pooh's just turned 90 last year and had his birthday with the queen who was also born in 1926 so it's a good time to bring Winnie the Pooh back to audiences." The exhibition also works with different media, applying a modern to a approach to an old story. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO DESIGNER, TOM PIPER [LEFT] (STANDING WITH ALAN FARLIE [RIGHT]), SAYING: "We wanted to make it immersive in lots of different ways. So there's digital immersion but equally we've created huge hand painted five metre high versions of the 100 Acre Wood that you can really get the atmosphere of the place." The exhibition is not the first examination of real-life inspirations for Winnie-the-Pooh this year, with a Hollywood film, "Goodbye Christopher Robin", telling the story of A.A. Milne and his family while he was creating the character.