In 1934, the Post Office assembled a group of eminent art experts who sought out high-quality art for use in publicity posters. They commissioned work from many British artists, including Bloomsbury’s own Vanessa Bell. But her design proved so controversial it helped trigger the Poster Advisory Group’s acrimonious collapse after only a few years. What went wrong? Postal Museum Archivist Matt Tantony explores the incredible archival evidence from this short-lived experiment in public art.
Nearest underground station:
Angel (Northern Line)
Chancery Lane (Central Line)
Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines)
Kings Cross St. Pancras (Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines)
Cost: £3.00 per person, £2.50 for concessions (60+). Free for accompanied children under 12 years old.
Venue: Phoenix Centre (next door to the Postal Museum Search Room), Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DG
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No - we will have a printed list of all attendees.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
That is absolutely fine. We understand that one person may book multiple tickets under one name.
When & Where
The Postal Museum
Opening in early 2017, our new museum in Clerkenwell, London, will reveal stories from five centuries of Britain’s remarkable, and often curious, social and communications history through the eyes of one of its most iconic services.