Ladybird by Design Exhibition - House of Illustration

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The company I work for gives its employees 2 days a year to use as additional holiday to do something educational, so I decided to take one of these to visit the House of Illustration and see the Ladybird by Design exhibition. The House of Illustration is in Granary Square near Kings Cross and St. Pancras, and is quite easy to find as there are brilliant large signs like this laying around....

Ladybird by Design
Ladybird by Design
Ladybird by Design

If you don't remember classic Ladybird books, then can jog your memory on the Vintage Ladybird website here, but you may well be too young. I realised when I was there that I am actually too young to remember them, but I think we must have had some second-hand books at home because I do remember having some of the old 'Read it Yourself' books. I definitely has some Puddle Lane books (Mr. Puffle and the Gruffle!) but these were made much later on. I definitely enjoyed it, although when I went the only other people there were middle-aged women, and they seemed positively giddy with the nostalgia of it all.Anyway, the exhibition is celebrating 100 years since the launch of Ladybird Books, and features over 120 original illustrations.

There are also some interesting parts about how the books are made and why. They are actually printed on one huge sheet of paper, as they were designed to save paper.

Ladybird by Design

The original illustrations are really beautiful, as they were obviously all done with paint rather than digitally, and are surprisingly large with tons of detail.

Ladybird by Design

You can't take photos in the exhibition, but there is a workshop section at the end where children can do crafty things and a load of the original books are out on display.

Ladybird by Design

These nature ones were my favourites.

Ladybird by Design

I loved the technology themed ones too. I bought an Oyster card holder of the computer book you can see on the bottom row, as it's brilliantly retro - There is a man with a pen and paper on the cover!

Ladybird by Design
Ladybird by Design

These alphabet illustrations are popular items in the shop. I bought two postcards :)

Ladybird by Design

It is clearly popular with both old and young :)

Ladybird by Design

The exhibition is on until the 27th September and you can buy tickets here. It's only £7.70 for an adult and definitely worth it if you remember the books.

Art, LondonKateComment