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“How times change”

Donald McGill Archive & Museum
Ranked #15 of 39 things to do in Ryde
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 July 2014

In the heritage museum a large display of post cards and posters with a history of the arrests and trials. Items for sale include playing cards, postcards etc. A bit of fun any day of the week.

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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 in his manner and his explanations were short and unclear. The restaurant food was terrific and reasonably priced.

1  Thank ManFriday
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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 in order.

1  Thank Elke M
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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, so if there are more than a few people in the museum it can get uncomfortable.

1  Thank Happy_Chopper
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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 the ceiling.
Good little snippets of McGill's history and censorship but after a while all the postcards blur into one.
The staff member was unavailable to talk to us as his time was taken up with cleaning the cafe, and check the opening times as they were a bit hit and miss (we were 3rd time lucky despite the opening hours being on the door).

1  Thank Bananas2013
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