Exhibitions of posters and original artwork selected from the Shell Art Collection can regularly be seen at galleries and museums across the country.
Richard Wilson is on a driving tour of the UK in his vintage 1960s Daimler, named Deborah, but there’s no sat nav for him – he’s using the Shell Guides first published in the 1930s. Staff at the Shell Art Collection supported filming last year with information and loans of some of the rarer publications. There are six episodes in the series, which started on 5th January 2015. Counties visited include County Durham and Dorset, with more to be revealed as the series progresses.
In the first episode Richard is in the landlocked county of Derbyshire and has the 1935 edition with him. In the heart of the countryside, he learns about the Kinder Scout uprising that led to the freedom to roam the Derbyshire Dales. He visits an animal sanctuary and get’s to feed the otters and calls in at the historic towns of Buxton and Bakewell and turns his hand to cooking one of their famous puddings.
Episodes are available to view online for a limited period (28 days after each original airing): view here
From the early days of motoring Shell’s advertising has encouraged a nation to explore the roads of the British countryside. Take a journey through Shell’s innovative campaigns in a new display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, featuring original artworks, posters, early ephemera, Shell guides, film, sound and interactives for all the family.
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