The Ladybird Books exhibition at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery takes visitors back to their childhood

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Admission is free to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

‘The Wonderful World of Ladybug Book Artists’ is on display at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

The extensive collection of vintage Ladybird books, artwork and original objects, opened on Saturday and takes viewers on a nostalgic journey spanning 30 years of illustration.

Helen Day, owner and curator of the collection, said: “Having spent much of my childhood loving ladybugs in Shropshire, I am delighted that my exhibition is coming to the beautiful town of Shrewsbury.”

The exhibition is free and will be presented from this Saturday until Sunday, June 5 in the Special Exhibitions Gallery.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture, Leisure and Tourism and Transport, said: ‘I think everyone must have come across Ladybird picture books in their lifetime, whether at school, in the library or at home.

“They were part of our childhood and I’m sure they are remembered very well.

“Ladybird Artists – The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists, which includes books, original artwork and artifacts, is unprecedented and reveals the huge success of books from the early days of World War II.

“I can’t wait to be there and I can’t wait to see how much I can remember myself.”

Fay Bailey, Director of Shropshire Museums and Archives, said: “Ladybug books and their evocative illustrations have helped generations of children learn to read and discover the world around them.

“This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the outstanding creativity of the artists behind the illustrations and provides lots of interactive fun for families.”

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