Takeover fever cartoons
To mark the 30th anniversary of the takeover of Rowntree by Nestlé the Rowntree Society put on an exhibition of cartoons that appeared in the national newspapers from April till June 1988 during the takeover period.
Over 50 cartoons depicting the events of 30 years ago are featured, drawn by some of the most famous cartoonists of the day including: Giles, JAK, Calman, Banx, John Springs, Kipper Williams, Gibbard and a very early Matt.
This was a takeover battle that got unprecedented levels of coverage. No takeover or even business issue since has grabbed the attention of the cartoonist to this extent.
The exhibition shows how different cartoonists in a variety of newspapers portrayed events as they happened.
Chocolate, children, ‘Have a Break’, The Milky Bar Kid, cuckoo clocks, money, gnomes and ‘Save Rowntree’ are used by the cartoonists to inject humour and satirical wit into the newspaper coverage. The politicians of the day including Margaret Thatcher, Michael Heseltine and Lord Young appear along with the heads of Rowntree (Ken Dixon), Nestle (Helmut Maucher) and Suchard (Klaus Jacobs).
The exhibition was a part of the University of York’s Festival of Ideas 2018.