Ladybird Book exhibition makes Scottish debut in Ayr

 17 December 2020  |  


Ladybird Book exhibition makes Scottish debut in Ayr

Ladybird Book exhibition makes Scottish debut in Ayr

Coming to Scotland for the first time, South Ayrshire Council plays host to a wonderfully nostalgic exhibition all about the iconic Ladybird books, which is now open at Rozelle House until Sunday 18th April 2021.

Step into the magical and vibrant world of Ladybird art, where every picture tells a story and unlocks a thousand childhood memories.

Ladybird books have been a familiar fixture on children's bookshelves since the 1950s, but few people are aware that they date back to the early days of the Second World War. Told through Helen Day's unparalleled collection of books, original artwork and artefacts, this exhibition shows how the many talented Ladybird illustrators played such an enormous role in the company's success during the 20th century.

Through the interconnected work of these artists, the story of Ladybird's golden years, 1940 – 1975, is recounted. Introducing these much-loved books to a new generation, this visually rich exhibition will transport you to a land of wonder, learning and play.

How many will you remember?

To help keep everyone safe, we've introduced a number of measures in line with government guidelines to help manage our visitor numbers, and ensure we maintain social distancing to protect you and our staff. Please phone ahead or visit our website before visiting.

Councillor Siobhan Brown, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio holder for Economy and Culture, said the exhibition was a major coup for South Ayrshire, "First and foremost, we hope this exhibition will appeal to local people, who can book a free ticket and visit safely. We're also delighted that the exhibition is on until mid-April, maximising the time people can enjoy it.

It's been a difficult year, but our Cultural services have been working hard to support people in different ways, including manning the National helplines, delivering a new 'Click and Collect' library service, bringing festive lights to the 5 South Ayrshire towns, and creating a 'Museum at Home' space on our website. We hope residents safely enjoy the exhibition."