Happy Birthday Miffy!

A celebration of the work of Dick Bruna

A travelling exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of Miffy the picture-book bunny. It was at the National Library of Scotland from 30 March until 3 June 2007.


Miffy at 50
Miffy at 50.

'Happy Birthday Miffy!' is a free interactive exhibition aimed at children and adults. On tour in the UK, it explores the creation and development of Miffy, the much-loved picture-book rabbit.


Dick Bruna's work

The exhibition also showcases the work of Miffy's creator, Dutch artist and illustrator Dick Bruna. It contains a wealth of Bruna's original pencil sketches and prints, plus memorabilia from his archive, and traces the creative process from initial inspiration to finished product.


For children and adults

Children at exhibition

With interactive activities and sensory experiences, there is plenty for pre-school children to enjoy.

During April and May 2007, there is a special programme of free Miffy-inspired workshops, tours, and activities for pre-school groups and families, including:

  • Storytelling with professional storyteller Bea Ferguson
  • Book-making with book artist Rachel Hazell
  • Drama with Frances Baker, a drama teacher and specialist.
Dick Buna at the exhibition
Miffy with Dick Bruna.

Author and illustrator Natalie Russell will also run a children's book illustration masterclass for adults.


The Miffy books

Dick Bruna's bold, colourful images of Miffy are popular the world over.

Early drawing of Miffy
Miffy in 1955.

His white rabbit appeals not only to babies and toddlers, but also to design-conscious teenagers and adults.

The Miffy books have inspired a huge range of merchandise, as well as a successful spin-off television series. They have been treasured and enjoyed by several generations of children.

You can find out more about Miffy and Dick Bruna on the official Miffy website.

The Miffy exhibition was been created by MERCISbv, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the Bruna Archive, and Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


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