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Great London Sculptures : Paddington Bear Statue by Marcus Cornish at Paddington Station

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London railway stations have featured in many books over the years, however in the Paddington Bear books, our cuddly hero is named after Paddington Station. The station plays a very important role in the books because it is within the station where he was first found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown when he arrives in London from Peru and the reason he got his name.

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To commemorate this relationship, there is a life-sized bronze statue of Paddington in the station which was designed by the sculptor Marcus Cornish. The statue was unveiled by the Paddington Bear series author Michael Bond in 2000.

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Michael Bond was working as a television cameraman for the BBC that he first came up with the idea for Paddington. He bought a small toy bear for his wife and named it Paddington because they were living near Paddington Station at the time. He began to write some stories about the bear and eventually his very first book “A Bear Called Paddington” was accepted by a publisher and published in 1958. Since the first book, Paddington books have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty different languages.

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Michael Bond lived in London, not far from Paddington Station where he continued to write until shortly before he died in 2017, aged 91.

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In the books, we found out that Paddington originally came from Peru where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy. When Aunt Lucy went to live in the Home for Retired Bears in Lima, she decided to send him to England to live. He was found by the Browns sitting on a small suitcase near the lost property office wearing a hat with a label round his neck with the words “Please Look After This Bear. Thank You.” Paddington is famous for his love of marmalade and especially marmalade sandwiches.

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The sculpture recreates this scene, with Paddington sitting under a large clock with his suitcase waiting to be rescued.

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Paddington has also achieved fame on television and more recently films, one strange but true fact is that the very first Paddington bear soft toy was designed in the UK by Shirley Clarkson who just happens to be the mother of TV personality Jeremy Clarkson. Now Paddington has his own shop on Paddington Station.

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Nearby the statue is a colourful Paddington bench and plaque marking the making of the first Paddington film in 2013 and mentions that some of the scenes were filmed in the station.

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Exhibition Review : A Bear called Paddington at the Museum of London – 14th Nov 2014 to 4 jan 2015

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The Museum of London is celebrating the big screen debut of Paddington Bear by opening an exhibition on the well – loved character on November 14th .

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The exhibition charts the story of how the little bear from Peru was created by Michael Bond after he bought a small toy bear from a London department store for his wife and decided to name him after the railway station close to where they lived. The little bear inspired him to write his first Paddington story ‘ A Bear Called Paddington ‘ which was published in 1958 whose success led to further books, animated television series and finally a new film called Paddington starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

Some of the exhibition highlights include :

A signed first edition copy of the debut story, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ (1958), belonging to the author’s daughter, Karen Jankel.

An original illustration of Paddington by Peggy Fortnum.

The original typewriter (1965) that Michael Bond used to write ‘Paddington at Work’ and ‘Paddington Goes to Town’ once he left the BBC in 1965 to write Paddington full-time.

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An original plush Paddington by Gabrielle Designs.

Props from the forthcoming StudioCanal film, PADDINGTON, opening in UK cinemas on 28 November.

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2D cut-outs and original Paddington puppet from the 1970s TV animations.

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Also in the Museum of London is life-size ‘Sherlock’ Paddington statue designed by Benedict Cumberbatch on display.

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Paddington at Selfridges

This small exhibition is a part of London wide, Paddington celebrations with the little bear popping up at 50 sites in London as  part of the Paddington Trail.

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Paddington at the Guildhall

The Museum of London will have a family activity space and on the 29th and 30th November will put on a special event called Paddington’s Picnic which will be a family festival  with  crafts, storytelling, special guests and plenty of marmalade sandwiches.

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This Free exhibition is quite small, so could easily be part of a visit to the other parts of the museum, visiting the highly popular Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum is another possibility.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like to find out more about the exhibition and the other Paddington events, visit the Museum of London website here

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Paddington Bear Exhibition at the Museum of London – 14 Nov 2014 to 4 Jan 2015

Paddington Bears around the world

Paddington Bear may be well over 50 years old but his fame shows no sign of declining as he becomes the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of London and the star of a new film due to be released at the end of November.

Created by Michael Bond in 1956, Paddington has become a global phenomemnon with his books selling 30 million copies worldwide. The orphan Bear from deepest darkest Peru, with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and marmalade sandwiches has become one of the classic characters in children’s literature.

A signed first edition copy of Paddington's debut story, ‘A Be

The exhibition at the Museum of London will be getting its own life-size Paddington statue designed by BBC Sherlock’s leading man, Benedict Cumberbatch, as part of the Paddington Trail brought to the capital by VisitLondon.com, NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL. From 4 November, visitors can follow in the footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer finding replica’s of Paddington at 50 sites across London.

An original plush toy Paddington by Gabrielle Designs (1980)

Opening on 14 November, the exhibition, A Bear Called Paddington, will be charting the story of the much loved character from page to screen, and explore the many representations of him over nearly sixty years.

Through a mix of objects including a first-edition book, illustration and film and animation props drawn from private collections never-before seen together in the UK, the museum will show the evolution of Paddington from first-draft, right up to today. Highlights include:

A signed first edition copy of the debut story, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ (1958), belonging to the author’s daughter, Karen Jankel.

Museum of London curator, Hilary Young, with an original illustr

An original illustration of Paddington by Peggy Fortnum

Museum of London curator, Hilary Young, with the original typewr

The original typewriter (1965) that Michael Bond used to write ‘Paddington at Work’ and ‘Paddington Goes to Town’ once he left the BBC in 1965 to write Paddington full-time

An original plush Paddington by Gabrielle Designs (1980)

Props from the forthcoming STUDIOCANAL film, PADDINGTON, opening in UK cinemas on 28 November

2D cut-outs and original Paddington puppet from the 1970s TV animations

A Bear Called Paddington

FREE exhibition, 14 November 2014 – 4 January 2015, Museum of London

For more information , visit the Museum of London website here

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