[SPEAKER] Keep Calm and Carry On: Visualising the People’s War in Posters

As the ceremony from Theipval, commemorating the Battle of the Somme, plays in the background, it reminded me that I'd not posted my slides from a session I presented to the Visual Culture Research Group at MMU on Wednesday afternoon, in which I gave an overview of my book proposal to convert my PhD to publication (very slow progress, yes!). My presentation came after Jim Aulich had talked about social visual media and the persistence of images, finding…

Who's Online and What are they Doing?

With a PhD in wartime posters, and a real joy in using social media, is it any surprise that I love infographics?!  London Transport of course was one of the first to use short-hand graphics in their iconic Underground map, and much graphic design relies upon visual representations of information, data or knowledge, with the visual providing a shorthand, enabling complex information to be understood clearly and easily. @Jas collects some great "infoporn", and today…

Rude Britannia

Rude Britannia: A History Most Satirical, Bawdy, Lewd and Offensive "Series exploring British traditions of satire and bawdy and lewd humour begins in the early 18th century and finds in Georgian Britain a nation openly, gloriously and often shockingly rude. It includes a look at the graphic art of Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson and George Cruikshank and the rude theatrical world of John Gay and Henry Fielding. Singer Lucie Skeaping helps show the Georgian taste for…

The History Boys

The following questions (The History Boys) were posed to my group on 'Creating and Consuming History' today as they watched Alan Bennett's film 'The History Boys'. This film could be analysed from a number of perspectives (film theory, feminist/gender theory, aesthetics, narrative, film history, teacher training, etc), but on this occasion we were looking for a consideration of 'what is history', which is spelled out from different perspectives by a number of different characters from…