Waste Not, Want Not: The Museum of Brands and Packaging

The Robert Opie Collection I have always enjoyed looking at Robert Opie's collection of material, although I was unable to make use of it in my PhD, I definitely referred to it in a module I taught on 'Advertising and Branding' for Media Studies a few years ago, and have just surfed to see if collection is now more accessible, which it clearly now is. Robert Opie started collecting emphemeral material (especially packaging) at the…

London Transport Posters in Wartime

London Transport Posters: A Century of Art and Design OK, so maybe I'm going for the easy entries over the next few days, but I've got plenty to add on bits and pieces. I tried to get my original research material out from storage today, but it's going to have to wait.... I have lots materially digitally stored! London Transport Museum's Exhibition 'The Art of the Poster' finished last week, and was accompanied by the…

Beyond the Museum: Working with Collections in the Digital Age

Humanities Computing Unit, University of Oxford: 20th April 2001 "Is the new digital age the answer to the prayers of museums, archives, and libraries? Does it free up collections allowing unprecedented access facilities for scholars and the public? Or is it all built on a house of cards? Do the new technologies really offer us anything, and are they sidetracking the holders of the nation's heritage into areas that really have unproven benefits? Is funding…

Posters: Persuasion and Subversion

V&A, 12th-13th June, 1998 The effectiveness of the poster as a publicity medium and the pervasiveness of the poster image were examined in the context of developments in 20th century graphic communication. The conference examined the history of the poster from the 'artistic' posters of the late 19th century, to the large-scale billboard campaigns of the modern day, which are an inescapable feature of the modern landscape. Margaret Timmers edited a great text "The Power…