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Future Exhibitions

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

June 3–September 2, 2018

Pen and ink drawing of Pooh and Piglet walking outside together.
“Pooh and Piglet go hunting,” Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 3, pen and ink sketch by E. H. Shepard, 1926. From the collection of Clive and Alison Beecham © The Shepard Trust
The High will be the premier U.S. venue for this playful exhibition celebrating the magical world of one of the most adored literary characters of all time.Featuring more than 200 works spanning over 90 years of Pooh history, the exhibition will explore the origins, creation and enduring legacy of the classic stories by A.A. Milne (1882–1956) and illustrations by E.H. Shepard (1879–1976) that have captured the hearts of generations of readers.

“Exploring a Classic” will reveal the real people, relationships and inspirations behind Winnie-the-Pooh and explore the interplay between text and illustration in the Pooh books, offering new insight into Milne and Shepard’s creative collaboration. Objects on view will include original illustrations, manuscripts and proofs along with early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

This exhibition is the latest in a series presented by the High that celebrates the work of children’s book authors and illustrators.


A pencil drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh holding a large balloon as bees buzz by.
“The bees are getting suspicious,” Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard, 1926 © The Shepard Trust
Photo of a Winnie-the-Pooh teddy bear from 1906–1910.
Teddy Bear manufactured by Margarete Steiff ca. 1906-1910. Stuffed and sewn mohair plush. Bequeathed by Miss Z. N. Ziegler. © Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Organization and Support

This exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Logo for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.




Support for the High’s presentation is provided by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner

Exhibition Series Sponsors


Ambassador Exhibition Series Supporters
Tom and Susan Wardell

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund