The first section of the exhibition features several of Judith Kerr’s early childhood drawings, which Kerr’s mother carefully brought with the family on their flight from Germany in the 1930s. It’s amazing that they’ve survived.
This part of exhibition in fact explores Kerr’s childhood and her experiences of having to escape Germany as Hitler came to power. We read about how it felt for Kerr to be a refugee in Switzerland, then France before finally settling in London in 1936.
Our favourite corner in the exhibition space was that inhabited by the life-size tiger in Sophie’s kitchen.
The kids adored this role play area. My only slight sadness was there were no empty beer bottles!
In the next part of the exhibtion we had lots of fun curling up and reading inside Mog’s cosy basket.
Something new I learned from the exhibition is that Kerr has designed wallpaper and fabrics.
We had a great day quite literally playing by the book: I can highly recommend this exhibition if you’re anywhere near the West Midlands. It runs till 29 September and is free. You can find full details here.