Rare Ladybird books on display in Kirrie

THE LATEST exhibition at the Gateway to the Glens Museum in Kirriemuir is a trip down memory lane for fans of Ladybird books.

An exhibition of rare Ladybird books showing the development of the brand since the Ladybird logo was registered in 1915 opened last week and runs until Saturday, June 22; there will be an evening event on World Book Day, Thursday March 7 with one of the UK’s leading collectors.

Ladybird books were originally published by Wills and Hepworth of Loughborough.

The company started making books during World War I but launched the recognisable standard sized books, in 1940.

For the next 30 years these little books could be had for the princely sum of 2/6d and most people of a ‘certain age’ have a favourite.

Despite being essentially British, the books were a world wide sensation and printed in over 30 languages.

Ladybird books are still in production, as part of the Penguin book group, although sadly not at the original Loughborough factory.

The exhibition shows examples of the beautiful books and includes rare examples from one of the UK’s leading collectors, Robert Mullen who will also be on hand during the evening of Thursday, March 7 on World Book Day to discuss his collection.

The display can be viewed during the museums opening hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Admission is free.