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Paddington Bear and Love-a-Lot Bear are coming to Temple Bar

They’re not going on the tear, they’re going to be part of an exhibit in the children’s cultural centre, The Ark.

Image: Victoria and Albert

PADDINGTON BEAR WILL pack his duffel coat full of marmalade sandwiches in February and head to Temple Bar.

No, the beloved bear is not on a stag weekend, he is part of an exhibit that will run in The Ark from February.

The Ark, the children’s cultural centre, is teaming up with the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood to bring an exhibition on teddy bears to Dublin.

The V&A museum in Bethnal Green in London is home to a massive collection of children’s toys and memorabilia from through the ages and has agreed to allow some of their collection be displayed in Dublin from 8 February until April.

The Teddy Bear Story exhibit will feature original German Steiff bears, Care Bears and Were-Bears.

imageLove-a-Lot Bear (V&A Museum)

Irish bears will be represented with a collection of Irish made teddy bears on loan from The Dolls Store Hospital & Museum. The exhibition will also feature photographic portraits from photographer Mark Nixon’s Much Loved book.

The Ark is offering free admission to teddy bears, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own. There will also be workshops and a teddy bear hunt.

Ark will also be running workshops for schools.

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