Exhibition Spotlight: The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists, part 2

To celebrate last summer's exhibition The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, we’ve put together a selection of fun things together for you to try at home with your family. The exhibition was a magical and vibrant show, packed to the brim with books and collectables, dedicated to the artists who created the illustrations for Ladybird.

The Wonderful World of Ladybird Book Artists book display

How long do you think it took to put all the books up on display?

Watch our time lapse video to see how we got on!

How long did it take to put all the books up on display? Scroll down to the end of the article for the answer.

a) Two hours

b) Two and a half hours

c) Two hours and forty-five minutes

d) Three hours

The Wonderful World of Ladybird Book Artists book display

Without actually counting in the picture, can you guess how many books feature in the display? Answer at the end of the article.

a) 360

b) 480

c) 550

d) 620

Join in at home

Have you been inspired by The Wonderful World of Ladybird Book Artists? Why not have a go at making your own exhibit of your collections at home? You could display your books in alphabetical order, or line up your toys by their height.

Or could you be a Ladybird Book illustrator? Imagine you are an illustrator creating some new books for your collection. Draw your own book cover pictures and create a gallery. You could even write your own stories to go with the drawings. When you're at home, take a look at the pictures in your own books to help get you started.

Think about how many colours and patterns you can see within the pictures. If you were a character from a book, who would you be and why?

Click here to download the Ladybird Artists activity book.

A collection of books from The Wonderful World of Ladybird Book Artists to help inspire you.

Don’t forget to tag Hampshire Cultural Trust with your creations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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1. The display took two hours and forty five minutes to put up. However, it took four hours to pack the books away again at the end of the exhibition!

2. There are 480 books in the display. We estimated that the entire show had about 700 books on display in total.

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