H is For House: Living in a Ladybird Home
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 - Sat, 25 Apr 2020
Venue: Melton Carnegie Museum
Tuesday 21st January until Saturday 25th April 2020.
H is for House: Living in a Ladybird Home transports visitors back into the world that will be familiar to millions of people who grew up with Ladybird Books. The iconic books perfectly captured everyday objects and fashions in the exquisite illustrations which remain hugely popular today, providing a social snapshot into specific periods of our recent history.
Visitors will be able to see original Ladybird Books, as well as familiar household items of the 1970s and 80s from the Leicestershire Museums Collection, including a trim phone, Hoover vacuum cleaner and a Teasmade. There will also be the opportunity to recover lost dialling skills on a rotary telephone, have a go at drawing the objects on display to create Ladybird-style illustrations or play in the child-sized kitchen styled the museum's 1970s dolls house.
The exhibition is sure to appeal to anyone who remembers playing with the same toys as Peter and Jane, wearing the same clothes or ringing their friends on a similar telephone.
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.