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Apollo 11 at 50: The Eagle Has Landed

50 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin boarded the Lunar Module, Eagle, and undocked from the Command Service Module, Columbia. Leaving Mike Collins alone in the CSM in lunar orbit, they descended towards the Moon’s surface where Eagle safely touched down in the Sea of Tranquility at 8:17pm GMT. 10 years ago onContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: The Eagle Has Landed

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The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Artists exhibition opens in Leicester

The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Artists exhibition has just opened at New Walk Museum in Leicester, offering not just an insight into the art and the many books published, but a visual history of 20th Century Britain in microcosm. This exhibition, which we’ve previously featured here at previous venues, for children of all agesContinue reading The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Artists exhibition opens in Leicester

Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’ running at Reading Museum

An exhibition celebrating the history of Ladybird Books is is currently running at Reading Museum, presented in partnership with the University of Reading, who hold a Special Collection of artwork, and publisher LadybirdContinue reading Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’ running at Reading Museum

The Ladybird Book of Nursery Rhymes, and a photograph of Digby the Cat courtesy Peter Hampson

Who knew Dan Dare’s “Digby” was also a cat?

Eagle fans will know Peter Hampson was his father Frank Hampson’s model for “Flamer” Spry in the original “Dan Dare” strip. But Peter was also called on to help his father when he illustrated for Ladybird Books… and the family cat, Digby, too! “A Ladybird Books fan asked Helen Day of the website Ladybird FlyContinue reading Who knew Dan Dare’s “Digby” was also a cat?

Dan Dare Concept art for the original Eagle SNIP

Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson centenary exhibition opens in Ewell, Surrey

One hundred years after his birth, another exhibition commemorating Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson‘s work has just opened at Bourne Hall Museum in Ewell, Surrey. The museum just a hop and a skip from Bayford Lodge, Epsom, where he lived and worked for over 35 years. The exhibition will until 12th March 2019. Although notContinue reading Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson centenary exhibition opens in Ewell, Surrey