Fans of Ladybird Books from the 1960s and beyond, or those hoping to discover their enchanting worlds for the first time, are in for a treat at Harborough Museum.
Well-Loved Tales: Stories from a Ladybird Childhood is based on a series of 27 books, which began in 1964 with the publication of Cinderella. This wonderful exhibition is based on 15 of those evocative titles, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Elves & the Shoemaker, Jack & the Beanstalk, and Billy Goats Gruff.
The exhibition features the original Ladybird books and uses them as the inspiration for imaginative displays using objects from the extensive Leicestershire Museums collection.
Visitors will also be able to get more involved with the magical Ladybird world by dressing up, having a photo opportunity in Rapunzel’s tower and the Wicked Queen’s mirror on the wall, and trip trapping over the Troll’s bridge.
The first Ladybird books were published in 1914 by Wills & Hepworth. Wills had originally opened a bookshop in Loughborough in 1867, and Hepworth joined the firm in 1904. In 1971 Wills & Hepworth started trading as Ladybird Books. Although the Loughborough factory closed in 1999, Ladybird books continue to be published by Penguin Random House.
The site of the factory in Angel Yard, Loughborough, received a Leicestershire Green Plaque award in 2015.