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The Heath Robinson Museum is proud to present Michael Rosen: The Illustrators, a new exhibition exploring Michael Rosen’s books and the many talented artists who have illustrated them throughout his 50 year career.


From grizzly bears to grumpy teachers, meet a whacky cast of characters and enter the wonderful world of Michael Rosen’s imagination. Featuring illustrators such as Quentin Blake, Helen Oxenbury, Chris Riddell, and many more, learn how artists interpret poems, rhymes and stories. See watercolour, ink, and collage artworks in person – as well as early drafts, sketches and ideas shown alongside text from Michael Rosen’s books.


Michael Rosen (b. 1946) is one of Britain’s best-loved authors, having created children’s classics such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mind Your Own Business. His children’s stories, memoirs and poetry collections continue to delight children in schools, libraries, and at bedtime all around the world – along with the illustrations that enrich them. This exhibition will bring the writer’s characters, scenes, and pictures to the forefront by displaying illustrations by Quentin Blake, Helen Oxenbury, Chris Riddell, Korky Paul, and many more wonderful artists! Visitors can expect to uncover the story of Rosen’s illustrious career, as well as the process of illustrating children’s books and each illustrator’s approach to telling these fantastic stories. Expect to see original works of art for such titles including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen’s Sad Book and Michael Rosen’s Book of Nonsense!

Home page thumbnail: 1985 © Quentin Blake
Banner image: Illustration © Korky Paul
First portrait image: Billie Charity – Hay Festival 2022
Second portrait image: 1985 © Quentin Blake


Permanent Exhibition

Our permanent Heath Robinson exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film & digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career.

30 Mar - 21 Jun

Modernist Magazine Illustration

The cartoonist turns his hand to magazine illustration! Explore Heath Robinson’s art for literary magazine covers, articles, and stories in this exhibition of a lesser known part of his work, produced throughout the 1920s and 30s.

29 Jun - 22 Sep

Michael Rosen: The Illustrators

The exhibition highlights the interplay between writer and illustrator. Michael Rosen’s children’s writing has delighted generations – and now a landmark exhibition journeys through his life and career via a selection of original illustrations from his books.

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