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Museum set for first major exhibition since re-opening

The Museum of Gloucester is delighted to announce their new summer exhibition, "The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists", is opening at the museum on Saturday (26 June).

This wonderful new exhibition, the first since the museum re-opened on Tuesday 18 May, uncovers the story of the talented artists who illustrated Ladybird books for more than 30 years.

This beautiful and colourful exhibition puts on display an unparalleled collection of books, original artwork and artefacts and shows how the numerous, talented Ladybird illustrators played such an enormous role in the extraordinary success of the company in the 20th Century.

Tracing the interconnected work of these artists, the Ladybird story itself is recounted over its 'golden years'- 1940 to 1975. Visually rich and varied, the exhibition will evoke many memories of childhood.

It is curated by Ladybird expert and enthusiast Helen Day, who has spent more than 20 years researching the company and collecting items.

The exhibition is supported by a variety of family activities, including bug hunts, music, dancing, storytelling, gallery trails and lots of vintage books to browse and share

Cllr Steve Morgan, Gloucester City Council cabinet member for culture, said: "I am absolutely delighted by the fact that even in the current climate with some Covid restrictions remaining in our heritage and cultural venues, that the museum is able to continue with its summer exhibition programme.

"We are looking forward to welcoming visitors safely to what will be an incredible exhibition and range of activities. It will be a real journey down memory lane for anyone who remembers Ladybird books. Many memories will come flooding back for sure."

Entry to the exhibition is by donation, simply pay what you think! Booking museum admission tickets online is advised to avoid disappointment (you can donate online when you book or in the museum itself).

You can find out more about the exhibition, events, museum opening hours and other information at  and/or visit  directly to book tickets.

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