Friday, 14 November 2008
by Derry Nairn
This week saw the launch of the British Cartoon Archive, an online repository detailing political and social commentary through cartoons. The archive contains well-known artists such as Martin Rowson, Steve Bell, Carl Giles and Reg Smythe, creator of Andy Capp.
There are over 85,000 images in the archive, a project made possible through a grant from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and other support from the University of Kent. Handy tools include the chance for teachers to save preferred images in folders according to subjects.
Access to search the archive is completely free but some copyrighted images may incur charges in their high-resolution versions. The BCA maintains a blog of reflections and upcoming exhibitions.