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Exhibitions – Picturing Politics

The museum's next changing exhibition is entitled 'Picturing Politics' and will explore political posters in Britain.

During 20th century elections, political posters wallpapered our streets, providing political parties an opportunity to ‘speak’ to the masses. Despite the onset of digital technology, posters still provided some of the resonant images of the 2010 election.

Displaying over 60 iconic examples, this exhibition will explore the development of the poster and examine one of the key aspects of our democracy: how parties speak to the people and crucially, how this communication has changed. The exhibition will showcase the museum’s unique poster collection which is the largest in the UK, including examples from all the major political parties.

Extensive research by exhibition curator and PhD student Chris Burgess will enable the exhibition to illustrate for the first time how some of these significant posters developed from the original concept of the party leader to the final image. The exhibition will display the process of poster design, from initial idea, through preliminary artwork, to final product.  The thematic displays will demonstrate how the treatment of some subjects has changed dramatically over the period, for example, the depiction of women. Conversely it will also highlight how other subjects remain constant, such as representations of the leader.

The research for this exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between the People’s History Museum and the University of Nottingham and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

In the run up to the exhibition opening in November, we will be publishing more information about some of the posters featured in the exhibition.  Click on the titles below or on the left hand menu to find out more.

After the War

Labour for Security

Let’s Go with Labour