The Cartoon Museum

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Cartoon Museum
The Cartoon Museum
Established 2006; 12 years ago (2006)
Location Little Russell Street
London, WC1
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°31′4″N 0°7′34″W / 51.51778°N 0.12611°W / 51.51778; -0.12611Coordinates: 51°31′4″N 0°7′34″W / 51.51778°N 0.12611°W / 51.51778; -0.12611
Type the art of comics and cartoons
Collection size 1,700 original cartoons and prints
Curator Anita O'Brien
Public transit access London Underground Holborn; Tottenham Court Road

The Cartoon Museum is a London museum for British cartoons, caricatures, comic strips and animation, owned and operated by the Cartoon Art Trust (Registered Charity 327 978). It has a library of over 5,000 books and 4,000 comics relating to the subject. The museum issues catalogues and features a changing display of over 250 exhibits from its collection of over 1,700 original cartoons and prints. The museum states that it is "dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation, and to establishing 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."[1].


The Cartoon Museum, co-founded by cartoonist Oliver Preston, [2][3] was opened on 23 February, 2006, by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Curator Anita O'Brien noted, "There has never been a cartoon museum [in Britain]... In spite of the very strong historical tradition here, there has always been a very strong ambivalence towards comic art."[4]


The main exhibition area in 2014

Previous exhibitions have included Ronald Searle, Pont, Fougasse, Rowland Emett, The Beano and The Dandy, Mike Williams, Mel Calman, cartoons from private London clubs, Viz, Alice in Sunderland (Bryan Talbot), Robert Dighton, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Spitting Image.

Exhibitions feature catalogues, such as Ronald Searle: Graphic Master, which includes essays on Searle’s work. Leading cartoonists and filmmakers have produced artworks in homage to Searle and written pieces, including Steve Bell, Roger Law, Mike Leigh, Uli Meyer, Arnold Roth, Martin Rowson, Gerald Scarfe, Posy Simmonds and Ralph Steadman.


The museum runs a learning programme for primary and secondary schools in a range of subjects, including art, media, history, English and animation. With workshops for children during half-term and holidays, it also features adult courses in cartooning and graphic novels.[5]

Cartoon Art Trust Awards

The first-floor exhibition area

Every year the trustees of the Cartoon Art Trust host the Cartoon Art Trust Awards, giving an award to the Young Cartoonist of the Year, and also giving a Lifetime Achievement Award to an artist who has made a significant contribution to British cartooning. Past winners have included Ronald Searle, David Levine, Trog, Fluck and Law, Norman Thelwell, Frank Dickens, David Langdon, Gerald Scarfe, Leo Baxendale and Bill Tidy.

They also give the Pont Award to a cartoonist whose drawings reflect "The British Character". Past winners include Norman Thelwell, MAC, Michael Heath, Sue McCartney-Snape and Tony Husband.


See also


  1. ^ "About Us: Mission". Retrieved 2006-03-11.
  2. ^ "New cartoon museum in the picture". BBC News. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Oliver Preston". Artnet News. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  4. ^ News24 "Cartoon museum opens"
  5. ^ Kennedy, Maev (20 February 2006). "London cartoon museum opens". The Guardian.

External links

  • Official website
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