Celebrating Christmas

Frederic Charles Herrick, The Source of London's Merry Christmas (detail), 1922.

Frederic Charles Herrick, The Source of London's Merry Christmas (detail), 1922.

To help everyone to get in a suitably festive mood, we’ve put together an exhibition of seasonal London Transport posters from the 1920s and 1930s. Despite the obvious differences in their style and use of typography when compared with contemporary images, many of the themes  – like Christmas trees, pantomimes and Father Christmas – remain popular. 

To complement this exhibition, we are also collaborating with Library and Learning Resources to put together a display of Christmas-themed works that include illustrated books of carols produced by students from Birmingham School of Art working with Arthur Gaskin in the 1890s; an example of a leaflet produced by the Birmingham School of Printing under the direction of Leonard Jay in the early twentieth century; designs for magazine covers and an illustration from the front cover of the Christmas edition of the London Graphic for 1888. 

If you've got a moment before you go home for Christmas, why not come and have a look at them?