Project Outcomes

The HLF funding along with a dedicated group of volunteers made the project a great success. The achievements of the project over the last two years include:

  • Professional Poster Stabilisation of around 300 of the most fragile posters.
  • Creation of a digital archive of over 1400 posters by volunteers who performed scanning, photographing and database creation.
  • The design and delivery of this website in 2013 by Vision ICT has made the digital archive available to search through and explore - further research documents continue to be added to the site.
  • Funding a part-time project supervisor for the first year
  • Making the community aware of its rich heritage through the poster collection by the delivery of 50 free talks and exhibitions to over 1000 visitors. A part-time Community Liaison Officer was funded to deliver these talks and coordinate exhibitions during the second year.
  • Freelance Education Officers developed a range of free school workshops that engaged over 1000 children with the Poster Collection in 2013 – the free sessions continue into 2014.
  • Printing of two new publications: first ‘Back to the Wall’ featuring posters from the collection and the stories behind them was compiled by volunteers, published in 2013 and is now on sale at the museum. A second book will be published in 2014.
  • Using the poster project talks and community activities, to attract a range of volunteers from varying backgrounds who brought skills such as photography and database management and developed skills such as IT, design and research.
  • The posters have been featured in numerous newspaper, magazine and group/society articles.

 During 2014 we are using the remaining funding to further pursue the schools education both in the classroom and in new online resources which will be launching on in the new school year 2014-2015.