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Politics, Posters, Protest: British Political Posters 1914-2014

Politics, Posters, Protest: British Political Posters 1914-2014

Curators, campaigners and designers explore the significance of the poster to the past, current and future British political debate

10 October 2014

10 October, Politics, Posters, Protest - British Political Posters 1914-2014 @ People's History Museum

Time 09:30 - 17:15

Duration 7 hours 45 minutes

Cost £25 / £15 concessions

Posters have been used in every general election of the 20th century.  In the run up to the general election 2015, curators, campaigners and designers will explore the significance of the poster to the past, current and future British political debate.

Topics will include the history of posters, design as activism, the management and manipulation of billboards, subversions and internet spoofs and the influence of new media on how political posters are conceived and deployed.

Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Sinclair, founder of Saatchi & Saatchi and creator of many of the Conservative Party’s most famous adverts, and Peter Kennard, Senior Research Reader in Photography, Art and the Public Domain at the Royal College of Art, best known for the images he created for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the 1970s-80s.

Come and debate posters at the People’s History Museum (PHM), organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Suitable for adults and young people

Programme for the day:

  • 9.30am – 10.00am
    Registration with tea and coffee
  • 10.00am – 10.05am
    Welcome and introduction
    Louise Sutherland (PHM) and Margaret Timmers (V & A)
  • 10.05am – 10.30am
    An Overview of the British Political Poster
    James Thompson (Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Bristol)
  • 10.30am – 11.45am
    Posters and the archive: The political meaning of poster collections
    Chris Burgess (Curator, PHM), Monica Cash (Deputy Librarian, Linen Hall Library, Belfast) and Cathy Ross (Honorary Research Fellow, Museum of London)Discussion Chair: Catherine Flood (Curator Prints, V & A)
  • 12.00pm – 1.00pm
    Organising Election Campaigns
    Conservative Party Campaigns:
    Jeremy Sinclair (Chairman at M&C Saatchi.  Jeremy Sinclair was one of the founders of Saatchi & Saatchi who has regularly devised political campaigns for the Conservative Party)
    Labour Party Campaigns: Speaker TBC
    Discussion Chair: Margaret Scammel
  • 1.15pm – 2.15pm
    Lunch provided
  • 2.15pm – 4.15pm
    Art and Design as Activism
    Suzy Mackie and Pru Stevenson (See Red Woman’s Workshop), Ross Colquhon (Designer and member of Artists and Creatives for Scottish Independence), Noel Douglas (Occupy Movement) and Clifford Singer (MyDavidCameron.com).  Discussion Chair: Matilda Pye (V & A)
  • 4.15pm – 4.35pm
  • 4.35pm – 5.00pm
    Art as a political weapon

    Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Philipps
  • 5.00pm – 5.15pm
    Closing Words
    Dominic Wring
  • 5.15pm

Booking Requirements: Booking required via Eventbrite

  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor

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