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. Like it? Share it…

WSU puts World War I and II propaganda online

Always good to see poster collections being digitised: The U.S. government produced thousands of posters during World Wars I and II, urging citizens to buy war bonds, ration food, grow victory gardens, limit travel and avoid loose talk. Now roughly 520 of those posters are available online, through Washington State University’s newPropaganda Poster Digital Collection. Read full story, or read similar on Washington State University site.   Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Continue Reading →

Propaganda Poster Museum, Shanghai

Maybe I will get to go there one day: Communique No. 8: In China, communist propaganda has gone underground. In fact, the only place you can see idealized posters of Mao and his cadres of heroic workers building utopian communities is in a basement level museum tucked away in a nondescript apartment building in downtown Shanghai. The Propaganda Poster Museum is the private project of Yang Pei Ming, who supports this labor of love by selling Continue Reading →

The Women’s Library

Call for the government to earmark funding for the Women’s Library: Just over a decade ago, in early 2002, I attended the opening of the Women’s Library in Old Castle Street, East London, in a fine new building constructed on the site of some former wash houses. It was a wonderful event. Antonia Byatt, the library’s first director, gave an upbeat address, as did Tessa Jowell, who was culture minister at the time. Women and Continue Reading →

Academic Lives @MassObsArchive

Academics are being invited to take part in a research project that is investigating the ways in which academics represent, share and change their teaching practices. In a move inspired by the Mass Observation programme established in the 1930s, university teachers are being asked to keep a diary of their teaching on the 15th day of each month over the course of the next year, starting next week. Sally Fincher, professor of computing education at Continue Reading →

Museum Visits: iPhone

Just watching this video as I prepare a lecture on how digitisation affects the museum experience, something that has fascinated me, although I haven’t really done much theory on it! These guys indicate how an iPhone and some QR codes can give an interactive experience for those wandering round the museum. A friend & I found the same in London recently, as we wandered around, past many statues – we didn’t know who many of Continue Reading →

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

“This collection of posters serves as a valuable historical document providing a remarkable glimpse into a critical period in the history of twentieth-century China. As Winston S. Churchill famously said, “The Empire of the future will be the empire of the mind.” In the days before CNN and Fox News, a still image truly was worth a thousand words and these posters were how Mao and his group informed and restored the collective mind of Continue Reading →

Unseen Duxford (16th December)

“A new tour gives visitors to Imperial War Museum Duxford the opportunity to step back in time to between the First World War and the commencement of the Second World War in Britain. Laura Jean Morris explores the history of the new attraction at the popular Cambridgeshire museum. WITH everything from a dance hall, gymnasium and cinema to boast of, the airfield at Duxford was one of Britain’s most important bases during the Second World Continue Reading →