A new exhibition exploring the life and times of Enid Blyton is going to bring many childhoods back to life and allow people to share the excitement and imagination her books sparked with their own children and grandchildren.
Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts: The Many Adventures of Enid Blyton starts at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury this weekend, with a lifesize model of Noddy’s car forming the centrepiece, against a backdrop of Toyland.
Other treasures on display in this colourful and interactive wonderland of an exhibition include Blyton’s original hand-corrected typescripts of Five have Plenty of Fun (1954) and Cheer Up, Little Noddy (1960) among others. There are also personal and nature diaries spanning the 1920s, 1930s and 1960s, Harmsen van der Beek’s first Noddy illustration (1949), personal family photographs going back to Blyton’s own childhood and her famous typewriter.
Many of the exhibits are on public display for the first time, revealing Blyton’s creativity and the events that shaped her life and storytelling.