The William Albery Poster Collection

The majority of this unique poster collection was gathered by its name sake, William Albery. Albery was an important local tradesman, active member of society, local historian and avid collector. On his death in 1950 he donated his collections of artefacts and documents, including the large selection of posters, to the town of Horsham, West Sussex, UK. Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum and Art Gallery now care for this collection, and the occasional posters that were added to it over the years.

The posters now number in excess of 1400 and are preserved in the Horsham Museum Archive. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Funded, Albery Poster Project, these posters are now accessible to all through this searchable online archive.

On this website there is an image and description of every poster and in many cases there is an additional research document featuring further relevant information from contemporary newspapers and historical texts.

The collection has also been used to stimulate local interest in history through community talks, exhibitions and workshops in local schools as part of the Albery Poster Project.

To see the original posters or access high resolution versions of the posters for non-commercial purposes please contact the Museum for information or to arrange a visit. In both cases if you have a specific poster(s) you would like to see please quote the ‘accession number(s)’ shown in the bottom right ‘Catalogue Information’ box on that poster’s information page.

High resolution printed copies of the posters can also be purchased from Horsham Museum.

Temporary/Missing Images

On a small number of posters in the collection you will see the note ‘Missing’ or ‘Temporary’ image. These posters were registered in our collection a number of years ago and we have not yet made a new better quality image of the original. If you are interested in the content of one of these posters please contact Horsham Museum for further details.