British Cartoon Archive

Scope and Content

Prints, artwork, sketches, proofs, published material, ephemera, scrap-books, books, posters, post-cards, printing plates.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Cartoon Archive is located in Canterbury at the University of Kent's Templeman Library. 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.

Access Information

All catalogued material is available to view online necessary to view uncatalogued material.

Acquisition Information

The collections are either donated or on long-term loan. Some collections are housed elsewhere.

Other Finding Aids

All catalogued collections can be viewed on our website

Conditions Governing Use

All records and images are under copyright please refer to website for information

Custodial History

The British Cartoon Archive, previously known as the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, was established in 1973, as a research centre and picture library.

Location of Originals

Details are available with each record on the website.