Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict

Imperial War Museum Poster Collection Whilst researching my PhD I had great hopes of access to the Imperial War Museum's poster collection, but was restricted to the few hundred in the onsite art collection (which are still an amazing collection) . In 2002 however, Manchester Metropolitan University, under the leadership of James Aulich, received funding to digitise 10,000 posters from the collection. Digitised copies of the posters are available from the Imperial War Museum Collections online,…

Imperial War Museum recruits Mrs Sew and Sew

 Mrs Sew and Sew Engages with New Technology  The other week I referred to the Imperial War Museum's information 'Top Tips for Tough Times', using advice from the 1940s to those of us stuck in the noughties recession. What they didn't mention there (a trick missed, I feel), was that they had also set up a blog, and a Twitter feed... a real innovative use of modern technology to bring out relevant information from the…

Symbols & Stereotypes: National Identity in European Poster Design 1914-1945 (2001)

"The illustrative poster as we know it today has its origins in the technological innovations of the nineteenth century. The poster has continued to evolve as a means of communication, propaganda and persuasion; in recent times, it has been appropriated as a medium by artists such as Barbara Kruger and Michael Peel, who have used it to parody and subvert the messages of the advertising industry and the state. The rise of the nation state…