James Gardner (b.1908; d.1995)


James Gardner started his career with wartime campaigns for the MOI, and went on to become ‘Britain’s most important post-war exhibition and musuem designer’. He was commissioned by the Council of Industrial Design to oversee the design of major events including the Britain Can Make It exhibition of 1946 and the Festival of Britain in 1951. He designed the public decorations for the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, and was influential in presenting ideas about British identity to international audiences, including at the World Fair, Brussels, 1958, and Expo 67 in Montreal. An archive of his work from 1930 onwards is held at the Design History Research Centre Archives (University of Brighton).

Information collated from: ADBiB, ‘James Gardner Archive Collection’,, accessed March 25 2004. See James Gardner archive.

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By 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.

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