Children’s Illustration Archive

Falmouth Art Gallery has an important collection of children’s book illustrations. The collection features popular characters such as Pugwash, Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, Rupert Bear, Yogi Bear and Crazy for Daisy of The Beano.

The idea for the illustration archive was developed and supported by Falmouth Decorative and Fine Arts Society and University College Falmouth.


The BA (Hons) illustration programme at University College Falmouth is one of the best in the country and this archive provides a valuable resource. When not on show the majority of the archive is kept in storage boxes designed to be easily accessible for visiting groups.


It is hoped that the illustration archive will encourage gifts from professional illustrators. The gallery is particularly keen to collect published children’s book illustrations for showing in temporary exhibitions – subjects such as animals, gardens, rock pools, sea life, pirates, beaches, trees, artists and tall ships are particularly popular.