Curators' Blog

RIP Michael Bond

Paddington Bear

It was a sad irony to hear that the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond CBE, passed away last Tuesday, just as the museum is on the threshold of opening an exhibition dedicated to teddy bears. It was only in 2014, that the museum hosted an exhibition of historic Paddington Bears, loaned from Michael Bond’s daughter in support of the Horsham based charity Action Research.

According to Michael Bond, Paddington Bear was created as a result of his recollection of seeing refugees arriving at a train station. We are pleased to announce that a small 36 year-old Paddington Bear will be joining the wonderful exhibition Making Summer Bearable – this particular little bear apparently is himself a refugee – from a home full of cats!

Anyway, bears from the Horsham District have been arriving in their droves at Horsham Museum for the Making Summer Bearable exhibition… and judging from the average ages of the bear owners, it seems that the passion for bears is not lessened by ‘growing up’!  Perhaps this is thanks to the inspired and charming stories created by writers such as Michael Bond.

RIP Michael Bond – but, the typically English story of Paddington, a marmalade sandwich-loving bear who had a fun time at an auction, will live on in many of our hearts!