When Walls Talk!

Posters: promotion, propaganda and protest

A poster is like a miniature of an event: a quotation – from life, or from high art.

Susan Sontag, 1970

A poster is a simple thing - a piece of paper, a picture, perhaps some words. We’ve all had them covering our bedroom walls, showing off our teenage interests - film stars, favourite bands, wildlife, art. But look closer and posters have a long and fascinating history. From propaganda to protest, and from culture to commentary, find out how posters have voiced both political and personal expression for over 150 years.