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Posters, Politics, Protest: British Political Posters

People's History Museum

Friday, 10 October 2014 from 09:30 to 17:15 (BST)

Posters, Politics, Protest: British Political Posters

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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 Conservative Party’s most famous adverts.

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

Programme for the day:


Registration and coffee



Welcome and Introduction, Louise Sutherland (PHM) Margaret Timmers

(V & A)


An Overview of the British Political Poster

James Thompson (Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Bristol)





Posters and the archive: The political meaning of poster collections

Chris Burgess (Curator, People’s History Museum), 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)


Organising Election Campaigns

Conservative Party Campaigns

Jeremy Sinclair (Chairman at M&C Saatchi. Jeremy Sinclair was one of the founders of Saatchi and Saatchi who has regulalry devised political campaigns for the Conservative Party.)

Labour Party Campaigns

Speaker tbc 




Discussion Chair: Margaret Scammel


Lunch Provided








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)

Clifford Singer (My David Cameron.com)

Discussion: Chair Matilda Pye, V & A









Art as a political weapon

Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Philipps


Closing Words Dominic Wring







All programmes very occasionally subject to change without warning.

Poster Generator Day

Please note that Manchester School of Art and MMU are organising creative poster events on 9 and 10 October that will culminate in a Poster Parade from MMU All Saints Campus to the People’s History Museum (PHM) on 10 October. There is also be the opportunity to visit MMU Special Collections to view posters from its collections on the afternoon of Thursday 9 October 2014. This contains about 4,200 posters, including the Philip Granville Collection and about 3,000 British posters from the 1970s to date.

Do you have questions about Posters, Politics, Protest: British Political Posters? Contact People's History Museum

When & Where

People's History Museum
Left Bank
M3 3ER
United Kingdom

Friday, 10 October 2014 from 09:30 to 17:15 (BST)

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People's History Museum

There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time at the People’s History Museum following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries. Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. Gather amongst their magnificent banners and discover how time off was won (and spent).

Enjoy our main galleries, Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery, along with interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. Browse our shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in our cafe bar The Left Bank.

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