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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
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.
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
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
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
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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