New Exhibition: A World to Win @V_and_A

This looks like an interesting exhibition – and free to drop in too (subtitle same as a Maurice Rickards book from 1970)! Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest. https://twitter.com/ww2poster Like it? Share it…

Keep Calm and Carry On Exhibition (Textiles)

If the latest traveling exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center feels a bit different than others, that’s by design. Design, in fact, is an operative word for “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain” – design of period clothing, beautifully-stitched patriotic scarves, home furnishings and more. While the idea of bringing this exhibit to the museum initially raised eyebrows — some wondered whether it was the Continue Reading →

[EXHIBITION] Illinois Holocaust Museum

Hmmm, a new exhibition highlights the British experience of the Second World War by leading with the Keep Calm and Carry On poster… I really hope they also highlight that it wasn’t used: An import from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “Keep Calm and Carry On” showcases the ingenuity and defiance of the British on the homefront during the London Blitz. Of particular interest are colorful “propaganda” scarves designed by Jacqmar scattered throughout Continue Reading →

Exhibition: V&A: Memory Palace

This exhibition at the V&A sounds fascinating! The technological achievements of the recent past have already become the stuff of hagiography. After his death in 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs attained a level of reverence usually reserved for the beatified. And like every saint, Jobs has his relics, including an Apple 1 assembled in his garage, which fetched nearly £450,000 at auction this May. But what if all our computers – and indeed every digital Continue Reading →

Would you vote for this lot?

Picturing Politics: Exploring the Political Poster in Britain  People’s History Museum, Manchester, until 17 June 2012 For the 1929 general election, the Labour Party created a poster of a heroic worker, stripped to the waist, with the slogan “Secure Industrial Prosperity”. It could almost be a piece of Soviet socialist realism. The Conservatives responded with an image that seems mildly fascist: varied representatives of the nation stand united before a sunrise representing a political version Continue Reading →

Fougasse – Careless Talk Costs Lives

9 September – 24 November 2010 ‘How carelessly we should have talked during the war but for Fougasse.’ Princess Elizabeth in 1950. In February 1940 the Ministry of Information launched a series of posters called Careless Talk Costs Lives as part of its ‘nation-wide anti-gossip campaign’. From the beginning, the witty and colourful posters by Kenneth Bird, ‘Fougasse’ (1887-1965) which showed Hitler and Goering eavesdropping in the most unlikely places attracted special attention, and seventy Continue Reading →

Fougasse Exhibition @ The Cartoon Musuem

Fougasse – Careless Talk Costs Lives 9 September – 21 November 2010 An exhibition of classic war-time poster designs, posters for London Transport and Punch cartoons by Fougasse from the 1920s to the 1960s at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH. Hopefully of interest to followers of this site. We will also be doing some talks on Fougasse during October. Comment sent to old site by Anita O’Brien [email protected] http://www.cartoonmuseum.org Read Continue Reading →

Ministry of Food: Opening Night

I was priviledged to have a sneak peek at this exhibition last Wednesday (10th February), as we filmed the interview for BBC InsideOut in the exhibition, in front of the posters that are highlighted in the section with Patricia Routledge, from the opening night, with many “famous faces” commenting on what they thought of it. I’m looking forward to going back for a proper look before it closes on 3 January 2011. “I think the Continue Reading →