North Hertfordshire Museum welcomes Shell Heritage Art exhibition

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Friday, 24 November 2017 - 3:45pm

North Hertfordshire Museum is readying itself to launch an exciting new exhibition of Shell Oil advertising posters on 2 December.

The ‘Discovering Britain: Vintage Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection’ exhibition spans advertising campaigns from the 1920s to the 1950s and reflects a diversity of artistic style, while celebrating British landscape painting.

More than thirty posters and original artworks are on loan to the Museum from the Shell Heritage Art Collection, based at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. It is one of the most important collections of commercial art in Britain and features work from well-known artists, including Paul Nash, Vanessa Bell, Graham Sutherland and Duncan Grant. There is also a poster by Letchworth born and bred artist Brynhild Parker.

Other material commissioned by Shell and being showcased at the exhibition includes advertisements by artist Edward Bawden, county travel guides, a collection of Shell oil cans and a short film of Shell television adverts narrated by Sir John Betjeman.

Councillor Tony Hunter, NHDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement, said: "It’s a real feather in the cap for North Hertfordshire Museum to host such a prestigious exhibition. The Shell Heritage Art Collection represents some of the very best examples of work in the field of advertising during the last century. We invite everyone to visit this exhibition and admire the true craftsmanship of this commercial artwork for themselves."

The free exhibition opens on 2 December 2017 and runs until 3 March 2018. Opening hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entrance is via Hitchin Town Hall on Brand Street, Hitchin. The exhibition will be closed on 25 – 26 December. Please call 01462 474554 for further information on disabled access.

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Shell Heritage Art Collection