Propaganda: Power and Persuasion


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British Library

Until Tue Sep 17 2013

  • Uncle Sam poster

  • Bert, the Turtle: ‘The Duck and Cover Song’ Leon Carr, Leo Corday & Leo Langlois, 1953 © Sheldon Music Inc

  • Campbell Johnston Collection

Uncle Sam poster

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Good content, but really frustratingly poor exhibition design - I am in my thirties with reasonable eyesight, but the writing on the cabinet placards is much too small for its purpose and very badly lit - take a torch! It is a popular and therefore busy exhibition, so one person standing in front of the writing completely blocks it from view of anyone else. What is worse is that you block out what little lighting there is when you get close enough to read the placard. The BL seriously needs to improve this and use backlit Kindle/iPad type panels if they cannot add more spotlights for preservation reasons. The content is broad & interesting, and of course you cant include everything, but I was suprised that I didnt see the iconic Che Guevara image & associated Cuban pro & anti-revolutionary propaganda anywhere (did I just miss this? - it was busy). Over all I would certainly recommend a visit if you are interested in the subject of propaganda, and I would give the exhibition 4 stars were it not for the incredibly bad lighting & signage.