Friday, 16 January 2015

The Best Museums In #London No.4: The Cartoon Museum @Cartoonmuseumuk




We've canvassed the London Walks guides, asking them to nominate their desert island museum and we'll be posting their responses throughout the month.

As usual, you are more than welcome to join in! Get in touch via Facebook, or Twitter or via the usual email address.





The Daily Constitutional Editor Adam selects The Cartoon Museum in Little Russell Street…



I love the Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury. Tucked away in Little Russell Street near the British Museum, the Cartoon Museum receives very little funding, yet manages to sustain a vivid, rolling programme of exhibitions covering everything from The Beano to William Hogarth.

The current show puts British Graphic Novels centre stage…






More info here: www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions

The collection – rotated regularly – also features originals from Charles M Schultz and Doonesbury creator G.B Trudeau. I'm told that Trudeau dropped off the originals in person one day, travelling incognito - he enjoyed a mooch around the collection first (as a paying customer!) Artists from George du Maurier to Gillray are also represented in the permanent collection alongside such diverse contemporary figures as Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe, Gemma Bovary) and Alan Moore (V For Vendetta, From Hell).

There are workshops for kids and courses for adults, too. Keep an eye out for the peerless Steve Marchant and his Cartooning For Beginners Course. There's a great bookshop, events and talks from the likes of Martin Rowson and no corporate coffee concession stinking the place up. 

And I hear that there may even be a ghost on the premises, too.

Crikey!

Small, but perfectly formed, Cartoon Museum is tucked away in plain view, struggling to be noticed in the presence of that upstaging old ham The British Museum.

Go on. Treat yourself.



P.S My Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London blog can be found here: cartoonandcomicbooklondon.blogspot.co.uk


Here's how to find The Cartoon Museum…





All three parts of our London Museums Podcast…












POST UPDATED 7/5/16


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