A Ladybird Childhood Exhibition

The Maidstone Museum & Bentliff Art Gallery are launching a brand new exhibition on 11th January to run until 11th May. It is an exhibition which will tramp through your childhood pulling at the heart strings and evoking memories of your early reading years as the exhibition revolves around Ladybird Books.

Ladybird books have been part of family life since 1940, when their first title Bunnikin’s Picnic Party, was published. Affordable and offered in a diverse range of topics, generations of children grew up reading Ladybird books. This exhibition draws upon the vintage archive collection of original illustrations and will take you on a nostalgic journey through your own Ladybird childhood.

The Museum will be holding storytelling & craft activities every Friday from 10.30 – 11.30, £3.50 per child


Bunnikins Ladybird Books image

Images from the Archives of Ladybird Books Ltd.

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Other activities the museum have let us know about are below – why not check out the family activities which could give you inspiration of what to do on a rainy day!

Free Animal Fun Day – Saturday 17th January

Discover all the different animals hidden throughout the Museum by taking part in our animal trail, then create your own animal costume. Free, drop-in, all materials included.

Animals & Bugs Sleepover – Friday 21st February

Join us for an evening of fun activities, discover creepy crawlies behind the scenes and uncover stories about the Museum. Price includes breakfast and a range of storytelling, film and craft activities. Suitable for ages 7 – 12.  1900 on 21st February until 0830 on 22nd February.  £30.00; maximum 30 people; children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum three children per adult; all groups must include minimum of one child. Booking essential.

Creative Writing Workshop – Saturday 22nd February

Join us for storytelling events throughout the Museum to coincide with our ladybird book exhibition. Book onto our storytelling and writing workshop for ages 5-12, using the Museum as an inspiration for an imaginative tale with our ipads! 1030-1200, 1230-1400, 1400-1530. £4.00, booking essential


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