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Propaganda, Publicity and Advertising

Government, marketing organisations and interest groups disseminate their messages through the institutions of the media in printed ephemera, the press, film, television, photography, graphic art and the internet and, at times, even through the institutions of art. This research into what is often regarded as a background visual radiation to our everyday lives aims to critically examine its conditions of production and discursive frameworks with the aim understanding its contribution to the construction of social, political and individual identity and meaning.

Recent Outputs

Weapons of Mass Communication: War Posters, an exhibition of posters at the Imperial War Museum, 2008 and published by Thames & Hudson, 2007

Seduction or Instruction? First World War Posters in Britain and Europe, Manchester University Press, 2007

Posters of Conflict, a searchable database of posters from the Imperial War Museum

Political Posters in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-95, Manchester University Press, 1999

Research Degrees

The Hong Kong Poster League and the Colonial Divide 1984-2002, University Studentship

Propaganda Pride and Prejudice: Empire Marketing Board Posters in the Manchester Art Galleries, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

Grapus and French Poster Design, University Studentship

Western Corporate Design in China


Collaborating Institutions

Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

Imperial War Museum

Manchester Art Galleries