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Step back into the world of Ladybird Books

Favourite of children through the years is coming to Harborough Museum

Letters used in producing newspapers on display at Harborough Museum

People with fond memories of Ladybird Books - or those wanting to discover them for the first time - can relieve their heyday in the 1970s and 1980s when a new exhibition opens at Harborough Museum on Saturday, 9th February.

'H is for House: Living in a Ladybird Home' transports visitors back into a world which will be familiar to millions of people who grew up with Ladybird Books. 


Ladybird Books are fondly remembered by generations of people who read them as children. This is a fascinating exhibition which is well worth visiting. It was a huge success with audiences at Charnwood Museum last year and I'm delighted that even more people will now get the chance to see it in Market Harborough

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 1980s from the Leicestershire Museums collection, including a trim phone, vacuum cleaner and a teasmade.

There will also be the opportunity to use 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 on the museum’s 1980s 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.

H is for House made its debut last year at Charnwood Museum in Loughborough – the original home of Ladybird Books. In the 11 weeks that it ran, the exhibition attracted 18,400 visitors through the doors, making it Charnwood Museum’s most successful exhibition since 2015.

Entry to the exhibition – which runs until Saturday 29th June - is free. Harborough Museum is open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday-Fridays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Harborough Museum is a partnership between Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council and the Market Harborough Historical Society.

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