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Donald McGill Archive & Museum

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Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
+44 1983 717435
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Really good in a way, but...

...it was unclear as to which of the postcards were part of the original ones that were confiscated... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2013
ManFriday
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Warwickshire
Quirky museum

Interesting museum devoted to the postcards and life of Donald McGill. It is in a small room at the... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2013
Elke M
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Our museum pays homage to Donald McGill, who spent his life creating comic artworks for the then thriving postcard industry. Donald created over 12,000 postcards from 1904 till his death in 1962.You will find that Donald's Cards will depict anything and everyone, his watchful eye never missed a humorous situation as he witnessed the years as they rolled through the 20th century.
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Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

...it was unclear as to which of the postcards were part of the original ones that were confiscated by the police in 1953/54 and which had been re-printed recently. When I tried to get clarification the young guy running the place was a bit zombie-like...More

1  Thank ManFriday
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Interesting museum devoted to the postcards and life of Donald McGill. It is in a small room at the back of a coffee shop and it costs £3.50 which is a bit expensive. However there are thousands of postcards to view and it is arranged...More

1  Thank Elke M
Reviewed 15 September 2013

My partner and I spent an hour at this quaint museum which can be found at the back half of a coffee shop that had been separated off by a turnstile. The content was amusing and informative, but it was on a very small scale,...More

1  Thank Happy_Chopper
Reviewed 14 September 2013

Did think that £3.50 was a bit steep for 1 room covered in thousands of postcards, but they packed a lot in and it is after all our seaside heritage they are preserving. Nice touch to have opera glasses to check out the postcards on...More

1  Thank Bananas2013
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Loved the setting of this quirky little cafe with a museum behind it. We didn't go in the museum but loved the feel and decor of the cafe. The cakes and the service were really good too! Great little place.

Thank BusySandy
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Loved this little museum. They have packed in many exhibits and still have room for a police van! Interesting story about McGill's trials and tribulations. Well worth the visit.

1  Thank aDsimplypeachy
Reviewed 26 July 2013

Interesting little museum but many of the postcards are on the ceiling and difficult to read. A little disappointed that it closed a 3pm and we came away thinling the we hadn't seen everything.

1  Thank happy-pilgrim
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We enjoyed the seaside postcards, small but excellent museum. Nice cafe at the front.Nothing more to say.

1  Thank George S
Reviewed 6 July 2013

Very tiny museum crammed with thousands of double entendres, illustrations and facts about the life of Donald McGill. Not for small children and for adults from the nineteenth century. His early stuff and the trouble he had getting his material past the censors were the...More

Thank Pianist93
Reviewed 1 July 2013 via mobile

Spent a very happy hour or so here looking at the many saucy postcards . The delivery truck was enough to keep our six year old busy whilst I walked around having a hearty chuckle at the many innuendos on offer. My husband really enjoyed...More

1  Thank Jules186220
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