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The Cartoon Museum was opened on 22nd February 2006, by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh KGKT. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone\\\'s throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits approximately 230 examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.

Cartoon Museum Key Facts

The Cartoon Museum is dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation, and to maintaining a museum with a gallery, archives and innovative exhibitions to make the creativity of cartoon art past and present, accessible to all for the purposes of education, research and enjoyment.


The Cartoon Art Trust is a registered charity [Reg. No. 327 978] and Accredited Museum which was established in 1988 with the aim of founding a museum devoted to cartoons, caricature and comics. Founded by a group of cartoonists, collectors and enthusiasts the museum continues to be supported by artists, collectors and members of the public of all ages and interests. It is open to the public 7 days a week with reduced price admission for concessions and students. It is free to all visitors under-18s.

The Cartoon Museum is an independent museum which is completely self-funded receiving no government or local government funding. All funds are raised through admissions, sales in the shop/online, applications to charitable foundations, sponsorship, venue hire and other fundraising activities.

The museum includes:

  • Two galleries providing an overview of the history of cartoons and comics in Britain from the 18th century to the present

  • Temporary exhibition gallery

  • Shop with books, catalogues, posters, cards and gifts

  • A Young Artists’ Gallery which is used for educational workshops and curator talks.

Original artwork on display at the museum ranges from Hogarth, Gillray, Cruikshank and Rowlandson, to Heath Robinson, Searle, Giles, Matt, Posy Simmonds, Steve Bell and Scarfe as well as rare comic items from The Beano, The Dandy, Eagle, 2000 AD and others. Events at the museum, which is sited in an old dairy in Bloomsbury, include adult and children\\\'s cartooning and animation classes, as well as regular family events. The museum currently has a collection of approximately 4,000 original works and continues to develop its holdings. It includes works by H.M. Bateman, Mark Boxer, Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Dave Brown, David Low, Pont (Graham Laidler), Chris Riddell, Martin Rowson, Matt (Pritchett) , Mac, Jacky Fleming, William Heath Robinson, Gerald Scarfe, Ronald Searle, Robert Sherriffs, Posy Simmonds and Ralph Steadman. It also includes some works by significant non-British cartoonists such as Arnold Roth (New Yorker/Playboy), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy) and Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury).

In 2014 as part of the Collecting Cultures Programme the Cartoon Museum was awarded a major HLF grant of £164,000 solely to purchase original British comic artwork for the collection and share British comic heritage with the public through displays and events.

In 2015 it delivered cartoon and comic workshops to over 2,000 school children at the museum, and through outreach at schools and hospital schools on everything from World War I and II to Manga and Superheroes.

The Trust\\\'s patron is HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh KGKT who is a collector and great supporter of this British art-form. The museum’s trustees are: Oliver Preston (Chair), Charlie Anderson, Lord Baker of Dorking, Steve Bell, Val Bott, Julian Bower, Patrick Holden, Sheila O’Connell, Martin Rowson, Mike Russell and Colie Spink.

The museum is run by two full-time and two part-time members of staff supported by over 40 volunteers.

The museum’s Heneage Library of over 7500 books and 8,000 comics is available for research.

The Cartoon Museum has 800 Friends who receive a newsletter twice yearly and attend lectures and events.

Exhibitions

Since 1990 the organisations has been showing exhibitions of the work of leading cartoonists. For conservation reasons and to give visitors the opportunity to see the widest possible range of artwork cartoons in all the main galleries are also regularly changed. It has borrowed works from leading national institutions such as the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum.

Some of our previous exhibitions include:

2004 – Grin and Blair It! Ten years of Tony Blair through the eyes of political cartoonists

2004 – Censored at the Seaside: The Comic Postcards of Donald McGill

2006 - Private Eye at 45

2007 - Alice in Sunderland: A Labyrinth of Dreams

2007 - Heath Robinson’s Helpful Solutions

2008 - €urobo££ocks! – Britain’s relationship with Europe

2008 - Pont: Observing the British at Home and Abroad

2008 - Beano and Dandy Birthday Bash

2009 – Giles

2009 – Maggie!Maggie! Maggie!

2010 - 30 Years of Viz

2010 -  Ronald Searle: Graphic Master

2011 -  Bell Époque: 30 years of Steve Bell

2011 -  Ink and the Bottle: Drunken Cartoonists and Drink in Cartoons

2011 - Marriage à la Mode: Royals and Commoners in and out of Love

2012 - Her Maj: 60 Years of Unofficial portraits of the Queen

2012-   H. M. Bateman – The Man Who Went Mad on Paper

2013 – Steadman@77 – A Ralph Steadman retrospective

2014 - Spitting Image From Start to Finish

2014 - Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art

2014 - Hogarth’s London

2014 – Gekiga: Alternative Manga from Japan

2015 - Alice in Cartoonland

2016 – The Great British Graphic Novel

2017 – Future Shock: 40 Years of 2000 AD; The Inking Woman

A number of these exhibitions have toured to other museums in the UK and overseas. Over the last 12 years the Cartoon Museum has produced catalogues to accompany a number of its exhibitions including ones on Searle, Pont, Bell, Bateman, Steadman as well as others on the cartoon collections of private London clubs, the history of the European Union in cartoons and the political careers of Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher.

Current Exhibition

Daily Funnies: An Exhibition of Cartoon Strips

25 July – 24 December 2017

Anita O\'Brien

Curator

 

 

 

Opening Hours

Tues - Sun: 10.30 - 17.30
 
Closed Mondays, except for bank holidays and half term.

Address

The Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London
WC1A 2HH
0207 580 8155

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