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Current Maughan Library exhibition

Our current exhibition is Sink or Swim? Catholicism in Sixties Britain through John Ryan's cartoons.

Exhibition dates: 17 January - 13 April 2019

Open: Monday - Friday 9.30 - 17.00; Saturday 10.00 - 18.00

The Weston Room, Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR


Spirit of Vatican II artwork by John Ryan, originally produced for Michael Davies’ book The Church Since Vatican II (1985)Running from 17 January to 13 April 2019, this exhibition celebrates the work of John Ryan (1921-2009), whose weekly cartoons in the Catholic Herald cast a satirical eye on the changes and challenges faced by British Catholicism in the 1960s.

Curated by Alana Harris (Department of History) and Isabel Ryan,  the exhibition contains a wealth of Ryan’s original artwork, as well as items from the Library's collections.

It is accompanied by a sister exhibition, Captain Pugwash – Ahoy Me Hearties!, a merry and colourful display of posters that will immerse you in the world of John Ryan's Captain Pugwash books and television programmes - treasure maps, sea monsters, sea battles, and Pugwash's arch enemy, the wicked Cut-Throat Jake.

This exhibition was previously on show at Ushaw College, Durham.

Cartoon showing Captain Pugwash and another sailor. By John RyanAdmission and access

Access to the exhibition is free. On arrival at the Maughan Library, please follow the signs to the Weston Room.

Please note that visitors who are not registered members of the Maughan Library are required to complete an exhibition ticket on arrival at the Library.

The exhibition ticket is available to print below.

Exhibition ticket (Word, 228 kb)

Exhibition ticket (pdf, 305 kb)

Exhibition closure dates

Please note that the exhibition is closed on Sundays and on Bank holidays

ascpugcardinalsPlease also note:

The first image above (which also appears elsewhere on these web pages) by John Ryan, entitled 'Spirit of Vatican II', was originally produced for Michael Davies's book The Church since Vatican II (1985).

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