A Brief Introduction to… the Artists International Association (AIA)

This post, the second in a series of bite-size introductions to arts organisations in modern Britain, explores art and activism at the Artists International Association, 1933-1971.

Posters as a civilising force

Inspired by a new exhibition of Japanese Red Cross posters at New York’s Poster House, this post explores how interwar posters were used to shape public behaviour.

Canteen Concerts & the Politics of Play

This weekend I shared my research into WWII factory canteen concerts at the ‘Play and its Potential Publics’ symposium at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL.

Pioneering Women #1: Eleanor Elder

This post, the first in a new series on Pioneering Women, explores the forgotten women who, as secretaries, administrators and committee members, worked to extend public access to the arts in the first half of the twentieth century.