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Poster Collection

Special Collections hold two major twentieth century collections, totalling some 4,200 posters between them.

The Philip Granville Collection of some 1,200 posters was bequeathed to the Library in 2000.

The second collection of about 3,000 posters covers British posters mainly from the 1970s to date.

Currently viewing:
J Marsh, De Flexibele Manager (1990)

© J Marsh

Philip Granville (1911-2003) was an art dealer and philanthropist, and director of the former Lord's Gallery in London. Born in Paris, he accumulated a vast knowledge of poster design during a lifetime of collecting, especially in Europe. The scope of this collection is international, with an emphasis on Eastern European, with some Western European, American and Japanese material. The collection is strongest in posters produced from the 1970s to the 1990s. Advertising and propaganda posters include campaigns such as the famous Benetton series designed by Toscani. Other key designers are Gerhard Voigt, Gunter Rambow, Juozas Galkus, Juris Dimiters, Alain le Quernec, Josep Ramon Gomez, Alan Fletcher, James Marsh and F.H.K. Henrion.

The Granville Collection at Manchester represents only a fraction of the original collection of posters. In 1990 Granville sold his main collection to the Suntory Museum in Japan. Other parts of the collection were later dispersed between the Victoria and Albert Museum, including the Theatre Museum, the Imperial War Museum and Manchester Metropolitan University. An important exhibition of the collection was held at the Royal College of Art in 1993. See Private Pursuits and Public Problems: an exhibition of the Philip Granville Poster Collection, 1993.

The second collection of about 3,000 posters covers British posters, mainly from the 1970s to date. It includes two sets of posters designed for the Football World Cup finals in Spain in 1988 and for the Munich Olympics in 1972, and a set of facsimiles of London Transport posters dating mainly from the first half of the 20th century. The collection's main emphasis is on posters of art exhibitions including British art school shows. The collections can be searched using a database detailing the names of artists and designers and subject keywords.

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Access to the collection is by appointment, on a weekday basis Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00

It is open for private research by staff, students and external visitors

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