British Cartoon Archive

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The British Cartoon Archive is located in Canterbury at the University of Kent’s Special Collections & Archives. It has a library, archive, and exhibition gallery, and is dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years. The BCA holds 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 collection of artwork dates back to 1904 and includes work by W.K. Haselden, Will Dyson, Sidney Strube, David Low, Vicky, Emmwood, Michael Cummings, Ralph Steadman, Mel Calman, Nicholas Garland, Chris Riddell, Carl Giles, Martin Rowson, and Steve Bell, amongst many others.

The Gallery is located within the Templeman Library, and is freely open without appointment during Library hours. If you would like to carry out research in the BCA collections please send an email to to make an appointment.  The Reading Room is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Available from the BCA....
This book draws on Carl Giles' vast private archive, held by the BCA. It was published in 2008 to coincide with the Giles exhibitions in London and Ipswich, and reflects every aspect of his professional life, from producing the cartoons and running his studio, to dealing with editors and replying to fans. Giles - One of the Family £25

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