[MANCHESTER] Keep Calm and Carry On
October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In 2000, Barter Books found the poster ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ in the bottom of a box of auction books, put it in on display in the shop, and by 2008, during the economic crisis, the poster was on its way to becoming a design icon. Shops continue to be full of memorabilia adorned with the slogan, both original and adapted versions! The poster was designed in the Second World War, part of a series designed to keep up public morale. It never made it onto the hoardings after a negative reaction to the initial posters, and remained ‘lost’ in the archives until Barter Books brought it to public attention. It is important to understand the context of artefacts that we see every day, how that changes their significance and meaning, and the lessons we can learn from history. Drawing upon Bex’s 2004 PhD thesis, and further research for a small book to be released by the Imperial War Museum in October 2017, we consider how this poster fits within the wider story of propaganda posters produced by the British, and ponder how the digital age, including memes and sharing, has contributed to the slogan’s popularity. This talk will give an overview of the lessons from the First World War, the organisation behind the poster, the original wartime design, and it’s twenty-first century renaissance.?
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