London Children's Map

Guy Fox London Children's MapFirst released in January 2006 and updated regularly, this simplified illustrated map of London is the perfect companion as you explore the city – or buy one as a souvenir of your visit.This is an explorer's map. Designed just wide enough to be held comfortably by your favourite young adventurer as he or she decides on the next destination and plots a course.   Features: Illustrated Map of Central London (over two sides, front and back)Over 80 London sites and landmarks, with website detailsIndex, map grid and compass rose Links to online resources (both fun and educational!)Stickers (it wouldn't be a Guy Fox map without STICKERS!)The Guy Fox Children's Map series includes London, New York, Paris and Washington DC.
The London Children's Map is available from your favourite bookseller, or at


A History of a Charity in Twenty Objects - #7

#7. Grant Applications and Rejections (2001 to… well, Infinity & Beyond!)

In 2004, we got stuck.

We'd continued to apply for project grants. There were rejections here and there, which always hurt, but we were mostly successful in securing grants for new projects.

The thing was, project grants could be used SOLELY for project costs. Nothing else. Project costs and that’s it.

If a project required a baby elephant to meet its objectives, then we could purchase a baby elephant*. 
But we couldn’t buy a stapler or a rubbish bin or even a ream of paper unless it was approved in the project budget. Don’t even think about paying for overhead costs like office space, utilities or salaries.

(In the interest of full disclosure, funders would provide funding for overhead costs within a project. It was called ‘Full Cost Recovery’. In your application, you could request ‘50% of overhead costs for the duration of the project’ and, if the funder decided that was a fair allocation, then you could pa…

A History of a Charity in Twenty Objects – #6

#6. Annual Report (April 2003)
Let’s hear it for listening! Over the following year, it helped us completely transform our organisation and our work. We listened to the children in our community, of course, who were telling us that they wanted to be involved in our work. They sent us drawings, poems and essays they’d created – to include in the Guy Fox magazine – as well as letters asking for drawing lessons. The lightbulb went on in our heads. We needed to shift from creating educational resources FOR children, to creating educational resources WITH children. We needed to work directly with children. We could teach them about a historical topic and let them create a publication that would be distributed to their peers.To do that, Guy Fox History Project would have to grow a bit!So we listened to advisors and trustees. As well as funders and would-be funders. Mostly, we listened to any organisation that was offering free training. We attended some useful sessions:How to Organise Volunt…

A History of A Charity in Twenty Objects - #5

#5. Guy Fox Baseball Cap (circa 2002) This tired old baseball cap doesn't look like much – especially after years of wear – but it helped inspire a GREAT BIG LESSON for us…. in listening.

One day in early 2002, Kourtney was at the John Harvard Library, wearing this cap (must’ve been a Bad Hair Day). She glanced up from her research to find a young boy standing by the table.

He asked, "You know about Guy Fox?"

Amazed that HE knew about Guy Fox, she could only manage a tacit nod.

He continued, "We get his magazines at school, but I can't read them ‘cause I have a…uh… I struggle… with my reading."

“Maybe I can do something about that,” she responded.
Satisfied with that, he disappeared.


That conversation got us thinking: What could we do for children who struggled to read our magazines? How could we make our work more accessible?

Time to do some learning!

We contacted the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the British Dyslexia Association who of…

A History of a Charity in Twenty Objects - #4

#4. ‘History on the Sly’ Magazines (2000 to 2004) ‘Guy Fox History on the Sly’ was officially launched at the new Tate Modern on Friday 14thJuly 2000. That sounds impressive, right? A launch event at Tate Modern! 
And we s’pose it was. But it didn’t start out that way. 

Let’s back up a bit. 
Just before the first magazine went to press, Manjeet Edwards of the Peabody Trust called Kourtney and encouraged her to hold an event to celebrate the magazine. 
Kourtney looked at her budget – the same one that had not stretched to meet the delivery costs (See Object #3). There was about £35 left, certainly not enough for a party! Food and drinks, maybe, but a venue? No way.
Another ‘hmmmmm…’ moment (there’ve been a lot of those over the years). And then a crazy idea (there’ve also been a lot of those over the years!): What if Tate Modern would allow us to hold a launch event?
The thought bubbles circled:

‘You never know…’ ‘They just might say yes…’ ‘You only get what you ask for...’ ‘The worst they can…

A History of a Charity in Twenty Objects - #3

#3. Blue Trolley (May 2000) What you see here is our Transportation Department – our battered, beloved blue trolley. 
When Kourtney applied for that grant from the Peabody Trust (Object #2), she included a budget. Having never done a funding budget before, there were bound to be some mistakes.  
Indeed, that budget wasn’t even a twig compared to the robust, well-researched budgets that we submit in our funding applications now. It guesstimated the various line items and confidently stated: “I will re-work / re-design the project to accommodate the funding which is made available to me.”
For Distribution Costs, Kourtney guessed ‘£200 to £300’. After all, how much could it cost to send out 5,000 magazines to 65 primary schools? Well. A lot more than you might expect. 

(In fact, distribution is one of our most expensive activities. Often, SENDING a Guy Fox book is double the cost of PRINTING one!)

As we said, there were bound to be some mistakes.
You may already know, the application was succes…

A History of a Charity in Twenty Objects - #2

#2. Letter from Peabody Trust (March 23rd, 2000)
With those sample cartoons (Object #1), the rest was easy: Establish a charity, raise some money, recruit volunteers and start doing our work in the local community — and the rest is history! 

Not even close. We took the ‘scenic route’.

In fact, in 1998, Kourtney wasn’t thinking about charity work at all — just work! She put those cartoons in her portfolio and submitted Guy Fox to lots of London children’s publications.

“Nope,” said Kids Time Out.
“No, thank you,” said the Funday Times.
The rejection letters piled up.Kourtney even received a rejection from the New Statesman, which was bizarre because she hadn’t sent them anything! (But that’s another story.)

Finally, there was a ‘Not-Quite-No’, from TwoCan Publications, who didn’t want the Guy Fox cartoons, but who offered Kourtney illustration work on their magazines.

Kourtney settled into a routine as a freelance illustrator — working from home, drawing cartoons and puzzles for W…