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WIN a Merrythought teddy bear!

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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery have teamed up with celebrated local teddy bear manufacturer Merrythought to give you the chance to win your very own Merrythought bear.

All you have to do to have a chance of winning is enter our ‘Name the Bear’ competition by nominating a name for a six-foot teddy bear.

An image of a giant teddy bear beside two small teddy bears. Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery are running a competition to name the bear giving you the chance to win a Merrythought teddy bear.

The giant teddy bears who needs a name

This huge bear will feature in the Bears! exhibition which is now open.

The competition will open on Saturday 30 March, 2019.

How to enter for a chance to win

You can enter the ‘Name the Bear’ competition at the Museum itself or by simply commenting your preferred name on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts.

Entry will close on Sunday 28 April 2019 and the bears’ name and the prize winner will be announced shortly after.

The bears’ name and prize winner will be selected by Sarah Holmes, Director of Merrythought and great-granddaughter of its founder, Mr Gordon Holmes.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“I’m lucky enough to have my own Merrythought teddy bear so can testify that this is a fabulous prize for someone to win.

“Every teddy bear should have a name so let’s get these nominations in!”

Merrythought and the Bears! exhibition

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to be hosting some ‘beary’ special guests from celebrated local teddy bear manufacturers, Merrythought.

An image of two Merrythought bears that are on display at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Bears exhibition.

A range of iconic bears will be on display as part of the Bears! exhibition and on the Museum balcony  until Sunday 28 April 2019.


Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery invites you to come face-to-face with your favourite bears in a new exhibition created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books – Bears!

On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet iconic bears like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington bear as well as many of the bears who feature in popular contemporary children’s literature.

Reading in the bear cave in the Bears exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Visitors can hunt for bears in the bear forest and enjoy original manuscripts and illustrations from Phillip Pullman, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson and many more.

Bears! is open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 28 April, 2019.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.

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