The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists




  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults






The exhibition opened at Museum of Gloucester on Saturday 26th June.  It will be on until 26th September.

Uncover 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…

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