Cartoon Museum

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  • Art and design
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On the ground floor of the Cartoon Museum - a transformed former dairy - the cartoons are displayed chronologically, starting with the early eighteenth-century when high-society types back from the Grand Tour introduced the Italian practice of the caricatura to polite society. From Hogarth the displays move on to British cartooning's 'golden age' (1770-1830). 'Modern times' covers political wartime cartoons and social commentary produced between 1914 and 1961. The 'new satire' section – works published from 1961 onwards – includes Ralph Steadman, Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Matt and others. Downstairs the artists' names are immediately recognisable; upstairs – where comic strip art from 2000AD, the Dandy and the Beano is displayed – is much more about the characters portrayed: Rupert the Bear, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd et al. The excellent shop is recommended, as is the library where – by appointment – you can search the catalogue of some 3,000 books. Children's animation workshops are held during school holidays.

Venue name: Cartoon Museum
Address: 35 Little Russell St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm, Sun noon-5.30pm
Transport: Tube: Holborn/Tottenham Ct Rd
Price: £7, £5 concs, £3 students, free under-18s
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I went to the Cartoon Museum on a whim and it was worth a look. It is filled with cartoons of the British variety...Beano,Dandy,Viz all the stuff! It has an extensive and fascinating collection of art work and also looking into present day- I really like the Simon's Cat display. It is a tiny museum and can be digested in around an hour or there abouts but well worth a visit. A little gem for any animation/comic/cartoon fans- of which I am one. I was smitten with all the brill cuttings they had. They also had a political cartoon exhibition when I was there,really interesting, and not just about the 'fun' side of cartoonism.

The gift shop is brilliant and I could have done a lot of damage in there- animated Shakespeare,lovely special editions,pens,paper,etc!!!

If you are bombing around Bloomsbury and have a spare hour or have been to the British Museum and fancy a bit more museumness,pop round the corner and visit the cartoon Museum,worth giving it a gander.