Project information

Cartoon Museum - Cartoons and Comics for All

The Cartoon Museum shares the best of British cartoons and comics through its exhibitions, events, Family Fun Days and workshops with adults and children of all ages. People are inspired by the displays and talks and also have the chance to create their own cartoons whatever their ability.

March 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: Cartoon Museum (Cartoon Art Trust)

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  • Need


    Cartoons and comics are an art form which are very accessible to the general public but many people in and around London have never heard of the Cartoon Museum or cannot visit or enjoy our exhibitions or events for financial reasons or because they have never heard of us. We run a successful Learning Programme but due to some loss of funding are not able to offer free sessions to schools/hospital schools in all areas. Extra funding means we could advertise and offer free admission and events.


    Aim : Increase first time visitors through free admission
    Activity: Run 'Free First Friday' every month from March to December and stay open late until 8 pm
    Aim: Extend reach of Learning Programme to schools in less well represented boroughs
    Activities: * Run twenty workshops for schools in unfunded boroughs.
    * Run 10 workshops for hospital schools in unfunded boroughs
    Aim: Offer visitors more chance get involved
    Activity: Run 10 free events and workshops throughout the year

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase first time visitors to the museum


    » Offer free admission on the First Friday of Every month from March

    What success will look like

    We would hope to attract 1,100 visitors to the museum on Free First Fridays - 60% of whom we would hope will be new visitors

    Aim 2

    To extend Learning Programme to schools/hospital schools in unfunded boroughs


    » Run 20 workshops for schools in unfunded boroughs
    » Run 10 hospital school sessions in unfunded boroughs

    What success will look like

    We will deliver 30 cartooning/animation workshops to 350 children.

    Aim 3

    Offer visitors the chance to get involved in cartooning


    » Offer 10 free events /workshops for adults/children throughout the year

    What success will look like

    We will enable a minimum of 300 people to participate in our cartooning events.

  • Impact


    We would expect that our activities will raise the profile of the museum, attract new and repeat visitors, generate publicity and enhance people's experience of the museum. We would hope to build links with new schools and hospital schools who would find their visits inspiring and return in the future. A 'Free First Friday' could become a real attraction and significantly extend our reach, particularly in the local community.


    *Demand for events could exceed capacity leading to disappointment. We would do a mixture of drop-in and free but bookable events and try to repeat events on the day to allow as many people as possible to attend. All promotion would make clear that space is limited.
    * On Free First Fridays it could be very busy affecting the quality of visits. We would make this clear on our publicity and suggest people who want a quieter visit come on other days.


    We will send donors quarterly updates on our progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,400 School Workshops Holding 30 cartooning workshops for schools/hospital schools in unfunded boroughs
      £4,000 Free First Fridays Running 8 Free First Fridays
      £1,500 Workshops/Events Running 10 free drop-in workshops and bookable events
  • Background


    The Cartoon Museum is based in central London. We have been based in Little Russell Street since 2006, we are open every day and run a changing programme of exhibitions and courses. We run workshops and events at the museum and at schools and hospital schools in the greater London area.


    Primary and secondary age children and patients in hospital some of whose schools are currently unable to afford the time or money to visit us. Local pensioners and other visitors who might be unsure about visiting but who might visit on a Free Friday. Local people who can only come after work.
    Families and people who want to get involved in a drawing activity which they haven't tried before and families with small children who are too young to come to our other workshops.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Cartoon Museum is the only museum in the UK devoted to this art form and has an established track record of delivery quality exhibitions. We work closely with cartoonists and comic artists, many of whom already help us deliver events. Feedback from our Learning Programme shows our sessions with young people - including those with learning disabilities - enable them to build confidence and find a new means of expressing themselves.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anita O'Brien

    Anita has been the curator and de facto director of the museum for 10 years. She is involved in all aspects of the museum's running.

    Steve Marchant

    Steve is a freelance comic tutor/author who has been delivering cartoon and comic workshops to adults and children for over 20 years.

    Alison Brown

    Alison has been the shop manager for 7 years and is the welcoming and knowledgeable face who greets visitors when they come in the door.


Will run a workshop for up to 30 children

Your visits really do help our sick and anxious young people.To see them producing such brilliant pieces of work is so rewarding for us all.

Jan Bennett