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Beano comes to the National Trust Dennis & Gnasher cause mischief at new Beano National Trust exhibition in Hampshire Beano Time Travellers! exhibition and trail: 20 July – 8 September 2019

This summer much-loved Beano characters

property’s visitor reception building reveals

invite you to enjoy 80 years of mischief and

what happens when Beano kids create a

mayhem, in a vibrant new exhibition at the

time machine during a school trip to the

National Trust’s Mottisfont in Hampshire.

former medieval priory. Families can reenact the story on Mottisfont’s outdoor trail.

From black-and-red beginnings to the fullcolour capers of today, the show explores

Dennis and his best friend Gnasher take

the heritage of the longest running weekly

centre stage in the exhibition, with artworks

comic in the world. Outside, kids can

showing how the characters’ designs

whizz back through Mottisfont’s past with

have developed from the 1950s to the

their favourite Beanotown residents in a

present day. The exhibition explores iconic

bespoke trail.

moments which have firmly fixed these characters into the public consciousness,

In the National Trust property’s gallery, you’ll

such as “the great gnational gnasher

find rooms dedicated to some of Beano’s

search” in the 1980s.

most

famous

characters.

Mottisfont’s

exhibition includes the original artwork for the

The exhibition also takes visitors ‘back to

first Minnie the Minx comic, which has never

school’ with comics and artworks featuring

been shown publically before. You’ll find out

the Bash Street Kids. It’s an exhibition for all ages, with labels

how Minnie was created as well as see work Colourful covers and special editions are

for children and adults throughout. The

on display, showing the timeline of Beano

show reveals fascinating insights into the

is

from its beginnings to the present day; from

comic-making process, from initial artist’s

Mottisfont’s immortalisation in comic strip

Second World War stories to commentary

sketches to final prints. For the collectors,

form. A giant frieze on the walls of the

on modern celebrity culture.

there’s vintage merchandise including a

from her current illustrator, Laura Howell. A

unique

highlight

of

the

show

Beano bicycle and a pair of decorated Doc Martens. There’ll be photo opportunities, dressing up and comics to read. In the garden, families can set out on the Beano

Time

Travellers

trail,

designed

by the comic. Join the Bash Street Kids, Dennis and Gnasher, and Minnie the Minx on an exciting interactive adventure. The notorious characters are on a school trip to Mottisfont and create a time machine to experience some of the National Trust property’s 800 year-old history for themselves, but it breaks down, scattering pieces throughout the grounds. Help the characters hunt the gardens to piece it back together so they can return to the 21st century.

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