H is for House
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 - Sat, 31 Oct 2020
Anyone who remembers Ladybird Books from the 1970s and 1980s, or those wanting to discover them for the first time, are being urged not to miss this exhibition.
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.
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.
Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council's cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts, said: "Ladybird Books are fondly remembered by generation of people who read them as children. This is a fascinating exhibition which is well worth visiting."
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.