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Part of the programme inspired by the 'Ladybird Books: 'How it Works' exhibition at Reading Museum
April 5, 2019 - May 24, 2019

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April 5, 2019
May 24, 2019
See dates, 12-1pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Researcher holding an ipad and looking closely at the wall of books in the Ladybird Gallery at the MERL

Like the English countryside, Ladybird Books often conjure up a world of nostalgia and heritage. Their purpose and their visual content link them firmly to childhood experience. This short series of talks by University of Reading experts runs in parallel to a major display of original Ladybird Books artwork currently hosted by our Arts Council England partner organisation, Reading Museum. This exhibition draws extensively on material housed and managed by the University.

12-1pm, booking recommended

5 April

Does a special font help children with dyslexia to read more fluently?
Dr Holly Joseph, Associate Professor of Language Education and Literacy Development at the
Institute of Education, University of Reading.

26 April

Reanimating Ladybird Books: A pop-up display of Ladybird Books artwork
Clare Plascow & Dr Naomi Lebens, University Art Collections and Dr Ollie Douglas, Curator of MERL

10 May

Nursery Vision: Reading the Ladybird Books Three Blind Mice
Dr Neil Cocks, Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Reading.

17 May

Letterforms and Layout: Designing factual books for children
Professor Sue Walker, Professor of Typography at the University of Reading.

24 May

Ladybird Books Landscapes: What to look for in the What to Look For books
Dr Jeremy Burchardt, Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Reading

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Discover a small selection of material from the Ladybird Books Archive in our Ladybird Gallery and explore further in Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’ at Reading Museum from Saturday 30th March until 17th August.

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Can’t join us in person?

We hope to live stream some of the seminars on Facebook. Recordings will also be available to watch on Youtube

Arts Council England logo, Museums Partnership Reading logo and Ladybird Books logo on an orange background