Sam Jacob Studio has been appointed to design the new home of Britain’s Cartoon Museum, following a competitive pitch.
The best of British cartoons
Founded by a group of cartoonists, collectors and enthusiasts in 2006, The Cartoon Museum preserves the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation. Currenty located on Little Russel Street, the museum’s Trustees have been seeking permanent premises that would allow it to develop to its full potential.
They have now accepted a 25-year lease at 55 Wells Street, near Oxford Circus which will open to the public, with an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, in early 2019.
Permanent and temporary exhibition spaces
Sam Jacob Studio will create a permanent and temporary exhibition spaces to give the museum greater flexibility in displaying its collection of original cartoon and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
The museum’s visitor facilities will include a shop and an inspiring new learning centre along with back of house facilities and archive space.
A museum of laughter with a serious mission
Oliver Preston, chair of the Cartoon Museum said, “The Cartoon Museum is a museum of laughter, but with a serious mission to promote the very finest of Britain’s heritage of cartoons, comics and caricature.
“The new museum will build on the success of the past 12 years, enabling us to bring our amazing collection to life and share it with wider audiences. There will be something for everyone to enjoy; young and old.
A real sense of fun and vibrancy
“Sam Jacob Studio’s design brings a real sense of fun and vibrancy to the visitor experience. It has always been our aim to send people out of the museum happier than when they came in. Sam Jacob is really helping us to achieve this aim. We look forward to continuing to animate the cultural landscape of London.”
Sam Jacob of Sam Jacob Studio said: “We are delighted to be working with the Cartoon Museum. Its a fantastic institution with an incredible collection and programme. Our approach turns the graphic world of cartoons into a three dimensional space full of humour and delight.”
top image: Proposed Book Shop at The Cartoon Museum ©Sam Jacob Studio