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Olympic Cartoons

There’s an entertaining and
topical new exhibition at the Museum, in the upstairs exhibition room.
It’s a selection of Olympic-themed cartoons from the past few decades,
provided by the British Cartoon Archive. It’s an interesting slice
through history – do pop in for a peep.

director of the BCA, Nicholas Hiley, came along to the opening to give
us some background about the cartoons and tell us about the BCA.

The British Cartoon Archive is
located in Canterbury at the University of Kent’s Templeman Library. It
has a library, archive, and exhibition gallery, and is dedicated to the
history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years. They
hold the artwork for more than 150,000 British editorial,
socio-political, and pocket cartoons, supported by large collections of
comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines.

The sheer
quantity of material they have is amazing – for example, the Giles
archive arrived in TWO removal lorries! They’re busily digitising their
collection, which means that you can find tens of thousands of cartoons
online on their website – have a look, but be warned: it’s very diverting!


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