Chinese poster collection

Université de Westminster. Chinese Poster Collection. En ligne : [Consulté le 17 septembre 2014].

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History of the Collection

AgricultureThe University of Westminster’s Chinese Poster Collection is a unique archival collection of  some 800 posters spanning the 1950s to the 1980s. Most of the Collection dates from the 1960s to the 1970s, making it an important resource for study of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), a period of China’s modern history commonly characterised as  the ‘ten dark years of chaos’ but given increasing critical attention research, documentary films and important museum collections. The collection also has a range of memorabilia from the same period, such as puzzles and toys, badges, handkerchiefs and ration coupons, tickets and receipts, postcard and print sets, picture books (lianhuanhua), paper cuts and a small but valuable library of books on Chinese art of the period.

The Collection was founded in 1977 by the writer and journalist John Gittings, then Senior Lecturer in Chinese at the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL). It was initially called the China Visual Arts Project, to provide a teaching and learning resource on the Mao era. Over the years it grew, with contributions from colleagues, students and friends who studied and travelled in China during the 1960s and 1970s. More recently the Collection has acquired a number of posters from the 1950s. John Gittings and Anna Merton compiled the first hard copy catalogue, and  Katie Hill, appointed as curator in 2000, set up the Collection’s first website (

The Collection is the largest public collection of its kind in Europe and the US and its historical significance and contents attract visitors from the EU, US and China, including film-makers, curators and collectors as well as academics and PhD students of visual culture and film studies, modern history, politics and international relations, and museums and collections.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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