A design for the new Cartoon Museum in Wells Street, London

London Cartoon Museum move to Wells Street gets underway

The Cartoon Museum's Russell Street premises has now been emptied as the move begins to its new, permanent location in Wells Street. Image: Cartoon Museum
The Cartoon Museum’s Russell Street premises has now been emptied as the move begins to its new, permanent location in Wells Street. Image: Cartoon Museum

After 12 years at 35 Little Russell Street, London’s Cartoon Museum is moving to brand new premises at 63 Wells Street, London WC1 – very near Oxford Circus.

We previously reported on the reasons behind the move, which include a significant saving in terms of rent as well as more space. The Wells Street location is currently being transformed into a fully-formed museum, with galleries, a larger learning space and a larger shop, so the museum’s entire contents are being kept in storage nearby.

A design for the new Cartoon Museum in Wells Street, London
A design for the new Cartoon Museum in Wells Street, London
Plans for the new Cartoon Museum in Wells Street, London
Plans for the new Cartoon Museum in Wells Street, London

“We hope to have everything ready for a grand opening in April 2019,” said a spokesperson for the Museum. “Our first headline exhibition will be ‘Comic Creators’, displaying a massive selection of the work we’ve acquired with our Heritage Lottery funding over the last four years – some of it exhibited for the very first time.

“And, of course, there will be a wide range of cartoon art on show in the rest of the new museum.”

Meanwhile the Cartoon Museum’s web presence is full operational, including its terrific Comic Creators Project UK site and Cartoon Museum blog, which has recently posted a timely two-part feature on Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz here and here, given the exhibition of his works, Good Grief, Charlie Brown! currently at Somerset House, which runs until 3rd March 2019.

Cartoon Museum Online: www.cartoonmuseum.org | Facebook | Twitter | Comic Creators Project UK | Cartoon Museum blog

Published by

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

Let us know what you think about this story

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.