Dressing up

Dressing up is fun. It always has been. When you’re a child you get to dress up and be a fireman, a knight or a princess but when you’re a grown up, you don’t really get the chance to get creative with your clothing quite so much. When I was researching videos produced by museums…

Doctor Who in Comics: 1964-2011

 This review first appeared on the Kids in Museums site in 2011 in the days before I had a blog. I thought I’d re-publish it over here so no one misses out. It was such a fantastic exhibition, it’s such a shame it was only a temporary exhibition.  Kids in Museums volunteer, Jack Shoulder has fun exploring…

Spitting Image at the Cartoon Museum

Fans of puppets and political satire are in for a treat as the Cartoon Museum has opened a new exhibition celebrating the infamous television programme Spitting Image called Spitting Image: From Start to Finish.  Spitting Image was notorious for its grotesque puppets as well as its (arguably) grotesque content: ‘tasteless’, ‘degrading’ and ‘twisted’ programme which ‘exceeded the bounds…

Victorian Punch

Twilight was starting to set in as I made my way through picturesque Kensington, looking for yet another one of London’s secret museums. I was on the lookout for the little known 18 Stafford Terrace -the family seat of the Sambourne clan- which for the first time in its history was putting on a special event for…

Ronald Searle: In Memoriam

Today was the first day of the New Year at the Cartoon Museum. Usually, first days back are things to be celebrated; things that are full of exciting possibilities and hope for the future. Alas, today was not one of those days. Today we learned that Ronald Searle, the master cartoonist, had passed away peacefully…

One Hundred and One Cartoonists: The Making of an Exhibition

Have you ever wondered how an exhibition comes together? It always seems so effortless doesn’t it? One day the gallery is full of stuff, the next it’s all changed and looking flawless. But what happens in between? The answer, in short, is lots. In long, it is still ‘lots’ but we can go into a…

One Man and His (Robot) Dog

As part of their quaint but quirky Doctor Who in Comics exhibit, the Cartoon Museum had an extra special visitor today; a Time Lord’s best friend, the one, the only… K9! “Hang on a minute…” I hear you ask, “Didn’t you see K9 recently? There was a picture when you were at that robot thing,…