Visiting Bath? See This Exhibition.
12 August 2019

From May 2nd to September 8th (2019), the Holburne Museum has an enchanting temporary exhibition on display. It is the beautiful work of Lauren Child MBE – the award-winning author, illustrator, and Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2017-2019).


Child is probably best known for her series, Charlie and Lola, but her collage illustrations have accompanied all kinds of stories. These include other original works by Child, and also her recent reinventions of classic fairy tales and bedtime stories such as Mary Poppins and The Princess and the Pea.


The exhibition at the Holburne Museum is utterly charming no matter what age you are. It is a celebration of “the art of Child’s illustrations and her love of pattern, colour and textiles”, but it is also a celebration of childhood, storytelling, and imagination. One of our favourite pieces in the exhibition is the beautiful doll’s house which Child’s has created.


The exhibition can also take you out into Bath, as there is a family trail linked with the exhibition which takes you around the Holburne, its garden, and beyond into the city of Bath.


“Go in search of Charlie and Lola and their friends, and discover trinkets and animals from Lauren Child’s stories in unusual and surprising places!”


Although the trail says it is a family trail, we think it’s a lovely one to do no matter what age you are.


Entry to the Holburne Museum is £12.50 for general admission (£11 without voluntary donation), or £7 for concessions which are those who have an Art Fund pass, students with a valid NUS card, or those aged 18 to 25 (£5.50 without voluntary donation).


Top tip: You can also visit the Holburne and its exhibitions for free on Wednesday afternoons between 3pm and 5pm, and during the Up Late events between 5pm and 9pm on the last Friday of the month.