Posters collection


Funded with the generous support of the Conservative Party Archive Trustees, the poster collection held as part of the Conservative Party Archive at the Bodleian Library, Oxford has been digitised and is now freely available for download via the web. The main collection dates back to the Conservatives' attack on Lloyd George's People's Budget and support for the Tariff Reform League in 1909, but includes earlier posters back to 1886. The collection is a rich and stimulating visual resource for the study of the main issues affecting the politics of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The collection is continually being added to with regular transfers from Conservative Campaign Headquarters.

The Conservative Party Archivist would be glad to be advised of any errors in the information provided: corrections and queries should be addressed to the Conservative Party Archivist.

Users are welcome to download these images for their own or any other non-commercial purpose without requesting further permission, provided the source is given as 'Conservative Party Archive' and the shelfmark cited (eg, Poster 1987-06). High resolution, publication-quality reproductions are available the method below.

Online access to the Conservative Party Archive's collection of election posters, c1877-2007 is available the method below:

Direct from the Bodleian Library

All of the poster images in the Conservative Party Archive are available to browse here on the Bodleian Library's own website using Insight® software provided by Luna Imaging, Inc.

High resolution copies can be ordered direct from the Bodleian Library's Library's Imaging Services. An application form, including pricing options can be downloaded here.

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