Hearts and minds: wartime propaganda

Touring exhibition

Propaganda has been used to influence audiences for as long as recorded history. By presenting facts selectively and using loaded language to provoke emotional reactions rather than rational responses, it seeks to promote the agenda of a particular group.

Posters were an ideal means of communicating propaganda: impermanent yet public, they were designed to be noticed, and could be printed and distributed quickly in large numbers. The Memorial holds a large collection of wartime posters from government–issued campaign posters to handmade posters protesting the war in Vietnam. Hearts and minds: wartime propaganda introduces this collection, featuring home-front propaganda from the First and Second World Wars.

 

Venue State Exhibition opens Exhibition closes 

Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill

VIC

1 August 2019

28 September 2019

Wangaratta Art Gallery VIC 21 December 2019

16 February 2020

Ipswich Art Gallery QLD 19 September 2020

15 November 2020

 

Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?  Art Maker: Lumley, Savile Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd.

Daddy, what did you do in the Great War? 

Lithograph printed in London, 1915
Maker: Lumley, Savile Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd.
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This resource has been designed for secondary and senior secondary school students. While intended to be used in conjunction with the Hearts and minds exhibition, activities can be completed as a stand-alone study of propaganda posters from the First and Second World Wars.