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Cartoon Art Trust Limited
Cartoon Art Trust Limited
The Cartoon Museum needs your help

The Cartoon Museum needs your help

Why we need your help

We are re-opening on 18th May with two new exhibitions. Come see us soon !

We are so grateful for all the recent donations in memory of our patron, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. He was very kind to the museum after the past 20 years, and had a huge love of cartoons. With your AMAZING help we have managed to raise funds to keep The Cartoon Museum afloat over the past year. We are very grateful for your support and the cartooning community at home and abroad - for this small museum of laughter. Like other museums it has been a hard struggle, and Covid has been particularly cruel to us - we lost Alison Brown to Covid on 14 January, one of our six employees, aged just 39. Ali ran the museum shop and was the face of the museum welcoming visitors at the front desk (with her inimitable smile, Geordie wit, and shock of green hair). As I am sure you will undertsand all staff, volunteers and trustees are devastated by this news.

Of course we do not know yet when we can re-open in 2021 and we are still budgetting for an 80% cut in visitor numbers.  Since we temporarily closed it has been a tricky time resulting in no income from visitor admissions, from the museum shop, events or from learning workshops. In July we were awarded £98,000 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which will help to combat some of the immediate financial issues we face. However, we are not out of the woods yet. It is essential that we continue fundraising to secure the longer-term future of the museum, and we really need YOUR support to do that.

We have received over 420,000 visitors since 2006 and built a nationally important collection of cartoons, comics and caricatures, and a library of 18,000 comics and books - all without regular government or local authority support. Over 50,000 children and adults have attended cartooning, comic and animation workshops and the museum receives 3,000 student visits each year. 

We still have a target of £150,000, and are hoping that our friends, charitable trusts and the wider public will continue to support us. The Cartoon Art Trust as a charity also qualifies for gift aid.

Permanent exhibition

Streetview Wells Street


raised towards 150,000.00 target


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May 31, 2021


(plus 5.00 giftaid)

May 12, 2021

Richard Pope

Donation in lieu of actually coming to the museum and volunteering.

May 12, 2021

Allan Baines

Money raised in memory of the wonderful Alison Brown, the heart of the Museum and my personal hero, forever missed and forever loved. xxxxxx


May 04, 2021


(plus 5.00 giftaid)

May 03, 2021

Andy Moorhouse

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Apr 16, 2021

Mark Whitney

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Apr 15, 2021

Alice F

I didn't know that the Duke of Edinburgh had been your patron so keen to provide support in his memory and because we need to support amazing little museums like the Cartoon Museum!

(plus 7.50 giftaid)

Apr 11, 2021


Had no idea of Prince Philip's connection to the Museum. Might even slightly change my opinion of him! Anyway, reminded me of how much I miss our visits to the museum.

(plus 7.50 giftaid)

Apr 10, 2021

Penny & Chris

In memory of Prince Philip. He will be sadly missed. Best wishes to the wonderful Cartoon Museum.

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Apr 10, 2021

Mary in Canada

In tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and his wonderful sense of humour. I understand he enjoyed Giles as much as I did.



Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 129,751.35

Direct donations


Raised offline 62,916.00

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