What's New

The 2015 Advent Calendar 

This 2015 advent calendar showcases 25 humorous, seasonal press advertisements from the Shell Heritage Art Collection. Many of these have not been seen since their original publication dates which span from the early 1930s to the 1990s. These quirky, witty and completely individual advertisements were created each year to showcase  the unique spirit of Shell’s advertising. View the 2015 Advent Calendar


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Graham Sutherland - Life, Work and Ideas Publication 

Brimham Rock, Graham Sutherland, 1937

A new biographical study of respected artist Graham Sutherland titled ‘Graham Sutherland Life Work and Ideas’ will feature a copy of the poster he created for Shell in 1937 - no. 507 Brimham Rock. The author of the publication, Rosalind Thuillier knew Sutherland well (he died in 1980) and she describes not only his landscape inspirations from the Pembrokeshire countryside, but also his time as an official war artist, and his friendships inside and outside the art world.

The paperback and ebook is released for sale from 30th April 2015 by Lutterworth Press and is available to order here: Lutterworth Press

Temporary Exhibitions

Shorelines - Artists on the South Coast Exhibition / 19th Sept 2016 - 9th Jan 2016 

Poster 505 Kimmeridge Folly by Paul Nash

Poster 505 Kimmeridge Folly by Paul Nash

Our Kimmeridge Folly landscape poster by Paul Nash can be seen alongside other land and seascape works by John Constable, JMW Turner, Ben Nicholson and Eric Ravilious plus contemporary artists such as Jeremy Gardiner, who was inspired by Nash.

Please visit the St Barbe Museum website for more information.



Plakatmuseum Denmark / 1st Nov 2015 - 3rd Jan 2016 

The exhibition at the Danish Poster Museum (Plakatmuseum Denmark) titled 'Spot on! English posters from the inter war period' contains twenty Shell posters of that time. The museum holds 400,000 posters from around the world with a changing exhibtion programme.


Beverley Art Gallery / 12th Sept 2015 - 27th Nov 2015 

The 'Modern Art on the Table' exhibition showcases four of our Shell Heritage Art Collection artists who also took part in an unusual design experiment at Harrods in London in 1934.  Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, John Armstrong and Ben Nicholson plus other painters, sculptors, illustrators and muralists worked with ceramic factories to produce tableware for everyday use to try to raise standards of design. Our four posters create a backdrop to this display of works. Find out exhibition opening times here

Permanent Exhibitions

Shell Heritage Art Collection Exhibition at the National Motor Museum 

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. See visitor information here

Upton House 

Upton House is the former home of a previous Chairman of Shell, Walter Samuel who inherited the title of Lord Bearsted and a love of art from his father Marcus Samuel,a co-founder of Shell. Walter exploited his chairmanship of Shell to foster young and contemporary artists who helped create our posters which spearheaded Shell’s distinctive marketing campaigns in the 1930s.

Some of these posters can be seen in a changing exhibition alongside other fine art works at Upton House, which Walter purchased in 1927 to house his broad collection. The property is now owned and cared for by The National Trust, more details can be found here


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