Winnie-the-Pooh heads to the V&A in London for bear-all exhibition

Scores of ink and pencil drawings will line walls of museum as part of tribute to AA Milne’s much-loved children’s character

Winnie-the-Pooh had many exciting encounters with woozles, balloons, and irritable bees – but the one adventure his creators would never have dared suggest for the bear of very little brain is that, heading towards his 90th birthday, he would star in a large exhibition at the V&A Museum in London.

The exhibition will open this week featuring close to a century’s worth of Winnie-the-Pooh merchandise, including toys, books of the wisdom of Pooh on subjects as arcane as Taoism and management theory, a Russian bear created by a designer who had clearly never seen the original, and a hand-painted Christopher Robin and Friends china tea set presented to the baby Princess Elizabeth in 1926 – either she did not like it and never played with it, or more probably ...