History and Architecture Courses

Let’s Get Political

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Labour Posters PHM

Political Posters: then and now

I would love to take a Peripheral Vision group to the People’s History Museum to view the latest exhibition: Picturing Politics – exploring the political poster in Britain.

Chris Burgess has a great blog: Picturing Politics: The British election poster. Here’s some information about Chris below:

Political parties have used posters in every British general election of the 20th century. This blog looks at some of the trends and oddities in election posters produced during the period. In addition, the blog details preparation for an exhibition on the history of the poster due to open at the People’s History Museum in Manchester in November. I’m a PhD student at the University of Nottingham researching the history of the British election poster. The PhD is a collaboration between Nottingham and museum, funded by the AHRC. All the opinions published here are of course my own.

This is a topical subject as the Guardian’s Jonathan Jones states in his article The art of anger: how underground comics are inspiring the Occupy movement in which he likens the posters being produced for the current Occupy movement to those from the 1930s and 1960s in Europe:

They are nostalgic in that they resemble the posters of Paris 1968, or Spain 1936. Expressionist graphics, decisive slogans and modernist wit pervade these images.

So come on WEA tutors, get in touch with your ideas for a course around people’s rights, campaigning, activism or poster history and let’s get political…

Conservatives Poster PHM