Biting Wit and Brazen Folly: British Satirical Prints, 1780s–1830s
Until 22 August 2018
Printed satirical caricatures were inescapable in London during the 1700s and 1800s. Often lighthearted and cheeky upon first glance, the images could also be mulled over and picked apart at leisure. A bawdy scene or grotesque facial expression instantly amused, while closer study revealed deeper literary or political references. Whether a fashionable dandy or a poor chimney sweep, no one escaped the scrutiny of caricaturists.
This exhibition reveals the widespread appeal of caricature in Georgian England and demonstrates the ways in which such images teased and provoked audiences. Featuring over sixty brightly coloured etchings from the Museum’s large collection of British satirical prints, it presents images of the everyday with a riot of color and a roar of laughter.
Only 40% of women got the vote in 1918. Working class women and under 30s had to wait another 10 years.
This exhibition features archive items and objects from the Women's Library collection – including three banners, sashes, badges and much more – to show the campaign methods of the three main groups for women’s suffrage, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) and the Women’s Freedom League (WFL).
It concentrates on the last (and often bitter) years of the long campaign of the struggle for women's right to vote from 1908 - 1914, with the inclusion of prison diaries and leaflets detailing tactics, such as 'rushing' the House of Commons.
Printing a modern world: commercial graphics in the 1930s
Until 19 August 2018
A display of items from the National Art Library’s Jobbing Printing Collection, which opens a window onto daily life in the 1930s, offering a striking and original visual experience of a period when economic and political turbulence formed the backdrop to innovation and new ideas such as Modernism.
The Collection was developed between 1936 and 1939, when Philip James (then Deputy Keeper of National Art Library at the V&A) requested samples of work from many high-profile companies and designers across Europe and North America, as well as Britain.
His intention was to create an ‘open reference collection of commercial typography so that the trend of typographic design, both in this country and abroad, could be appraised by students’.
All human life is reflected in a toothy grin. This upcoming exhibition will trace the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and with the profession that has shaped the way we live with them - or without them.
Following modern history's tireless pursuit of the pain-free mouth and the perfect smile, this is the first exhibition to look at how dentistry evolved from fairground entertainment to highly-skilled profession with many associated educational campaigns and spin-off industries.
Including beautifully illustrated treatises dating back to the early 18th century, Teeth will draw on the wealth of images, objects and artworks held in the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, supplemented by loans from key collections in Northern Europe. It will explore oral hygiene and dentistry as markers of medical progress, and vividly illustrate the enduring connections between 'good' teeth, beauty, vanity, wealth and success.
Suffragettes vs. the State explores the militant side of the 20th century women’s suffrage movement. From window smashing campaigns to force feeding, public rallies to police surveillance and criminal trials. Discover the journey to universal suffrage through the original documents, photographs and records in The National Archives collection.
The Suffragettes, members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), campaigned for women to be allowed the vote in parliamentary elections. Frustrated that decades of peaceful lobbying by other suffrage societies had not achieved this goal, their actions took a militant turn.
Ever wondered what goes into an iconic brand? It’s pioneering roots, how it adapts to stay relevant; evolving its brand identity and advertising in keeping with the times?
Through the exhibition visitors can explore how Shell have been a part of human progress throughout history and found new and inventive ways to engage and entertain their customers along the way.
Chris Griffin, CEO at the Museum of Brands says:
‘We are so pleased that Shell sees the value of the Museum in recording the role of brands in the history of our society, for our current education and entertainment as well as for future generations.’