Cartoon Museum

Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London
Greater London
WC1A 2HH
England

Website

www.cartoonmuseum.org

E-mail

info@cartoonmuseum.org

Telephone

0207 580 8155

Fax

020 7631 0793

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Cartoon of a cow sitting next to a man on an empty bus. A thought bubble coming out of his head says, 'Typical, an empty bus and the loony sits next to me.'
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The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. There is also a shop, an archive and a reference library.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Library, Archive

Opening hours

Mon - Sat, 10.30-17.30
Sunday, 12.00-17.30
Also open Bank Holidays. Closed over Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Adults £5.50
Concessions £4
Students £3
Free for Children, U18, Art Fund

Getting there

Nearest tube: Holborn

There are currently about 900 works in the collection. These include original cartoons, caricatures, drawings, sketches and letters.There is also a selection of eighteenth century original prints. Some rare books featuring the work of cartoon artists are also included in the collection.

Collection details

Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Literature, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Rare and original artwork on loan from The Beano, the Dandy, and Topper including The Bash Street Kids, Roger the Dodger, Billy the Whizz, Desperate Dan, Beryl the Peril and of course Dennis the Menace.
  • Classic works by Gillray including The Plum Pudding and, John Bull - taking a luncheon, and The Zenith of French Glory.
  • Cartoons in 3D including Gerald Scarfe¹s memorable Chairman Mao, Scarfe's caricatured original leather armchair from 1971.
  • Cartoons by Larry, Kipper Williams, Tony Husband, Nick Newman and many more.
  • Emett¹s working ‘Fairway Birdie’ (made by this eccentric cartoonist whose wacky contraptions appeared in Chitty Bang Bang, and at The Festival of Britain.)
  • Classic war cartoons including Sir David Low¹s ‘All Behind you, Winston’, and Bruce Bairnsfather¹s, ‘If you know a better ‘Ole...’
  • Colour mural painted by top cartoonists including Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Martin Rowson, Peter Brookes, Chris Riddell, MAC and Hunt Emerson.
  • Annual cover drawings by Carl Giles featuring the Giles family and his immortal Granny.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Spitting Image: From Start to Finish

  • 26 February — 8 June 2014 *on now

The award-winning British satirical puppet show comes to the Cartoon Museum. All your favourite characters, from the programme created by Roger Law, Peter Fluck, John Lloyd and Martin Lambie-Nairn, will be under one roof, these include Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Richard Branson, Michael Jackson and the odd Royal Family face.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions/future-exhibitions

Never Again cartoon by G.R. Halkett showing Kaiser Wilhelm II c. 1914/5

Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art

  • 11 June — 19 October 2014

The exhibition will include political and joke cartoons, comic postcards and cigarette cards, trench publications by serving soldiers, books, comics and other material by a wide range of professional and amateur artists giving an insight into both official and personal responses to the war. It will include work by Bruce Bairnsfather, W.K. Haselden, William Heath Robinson, H.M. Bateman, Bernard Partridge, Donald McGill, George 'Sidney' Strube and many others.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7, £5, £3, Free to Under-18s, Friends of Cartoon Museum, Art Fund members. Includes all museum displays

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions/future-exhibitions

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Scott Brooker Pupper Maker & Designer as a glove puppet

Design your own Puppet Character

  • 15 May 2014 6-7:30pm

Scott Brooker has many television, theatre and film credits as a puppet maker and puppeteer. One his most well known work was for Spitting Image, where he spent thirteen years as head puppet maker. After leaving Spitting Image, Brooker worked with Jim Henson's Creature Shop as a designer and fabricator working on many of their productions. Booker assisted John Eccleston (Rattus' main operator) in operating Rattus for all episodes of Gory Games the Horrible Histories game show spin off.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adults £10, Concessions £8, Children £6
Book through www.cartoonmuseum.org or by phone on 020 7580 8155

Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy Evening

  • 16 May 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Alongside the Mini and the Morris Minor, Sarson's Vinegar and Colman's Mustard, Punch & Judy bear the hallmark of a British classic. As popular today as he was when he first appeared on the streets of London 350 years ago, the slapstick antics of Mr Punch are destined to entertain generations of children and adults to come.

Robert Styles is a second-generation Punch & Judy man with over thirty years experience maintaining this much loved English institution. His vibrant and colourful presentation is packed with authentic ingredients and will transport you to a world of seaside holidays and all the fun of the fair!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free with admission:
Adults £7
Concessions £5
Student £3
Under 18: FREE

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/what-s-on/events/museums-at-night

Sally Heathcote Suffragett

Shoulder to Shoulder: Sally Heathcote Suffragette

  • 17 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a vividly realised backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is another stunning collaboration from Costa Award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote's lavish pages bring history to life.
Artwork from the book will be on display in the museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No - but space limited book online or by phone

14-18 Now logo represents the many cultural projects in 2014-18 reflecting on the meaning of the First World War a hundred years on.

1914 Day-by-Day Cartoons

  • 28 June — 16 November 2014

Every week from 28 June to 4 August two new artworks will be revealed online and in the Cartoon Museum's gallery. Participants include Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Steven Camley, Kate Charlesworth, Alan Cowsill & Lalit Kumar Sharma, Achim Greser & Heribert Lenz, John McCrea & Ferg Handley, Jon McNaught, Woodrow Phoenix, Zoom Rockman, Posy Simmonds and Ralph Steadman. The 1914 Day-by-Day display will remain on display at the museum until 16 November 2014

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7, £5, £3, Free to Under-18s, Friends of the Cartoon Museum and Art Fund Members

photograph of poppy field

Never Again: 14 - 18 Then and Now

  • 5 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Exhibition co-curator Anita O'Brien looks at the changing perceptions of World War One in the work of cartoon and comic artists working in 1914-18 and since. Includes Q and A.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please book through the Cartoon Museum's online shop.

photograph of poppy

The War on Postcards

  • 20 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Roger Mayhew has collected and researched World War One comic postcards for over 10 years. Discover more about the diverse range of themes and styles used by comic postcard artists during the Great War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please book through the Cartoon Museum's online shop.

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/what-s-on/events/never-again

British troops

The Man Who Won the War - Captain Bruce Bairnsfather

  • 25 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

An illustrated talk by Major Tonie and Mrs Valmai Holt, the leading experts on the work and life of Bruce Bairnsfather whose 'Better 'Ole' and other cartoons for The Bystander became some of the most famous images of the First World War. Includes Q and A.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.00 adult, £5.00 concession, £4.00 Friend. Please book through the Cartoon Museum's online shop.

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/what-s-on/events/never-again

Getting there

Nearest tube: Holborn

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