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 graphics are incredibly bright and inspiring, so it’s not a drab wartime thing at all, and …. we need it… it’s not a historical exhibition, it’s a inspirational exhibition” Monty Don
“The exhibition is very clear about what was going on, and I’m very stunned by the graphics, the posters that were made during the time, which is something I didn’t expect” Valentine Warner
I often think about the way that my mother used her imagination to economically provide us with good meals, and of course the nation has never been healthier. And it’s very interesting seeing the posters telling us what to do from an economical point of view – we’re being told today to eat more vegetables and fruit and so on” Patricia Routledge
“The message of course, is the most important thing, and is timeless. The design work on the tea towels is gorgeous, and it’s so appropriate for now. The main thing is it’s so moving, the collective effort from the people and from the government, everyone was all lined up and facing the same way, and you feel that’s what we need now, we don’t need some people preaching at us, we need everyone doing it, and then it will make a difference.” Allegra McEvedy
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.