Launch of the A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection 

The A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection

Introducing the new A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection. Follow us each week on a journey through the alphabet to discover fascinating facts and images from the archive of posters, press and memorabilia from the Shell brand. 

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View the A to Z here


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Fuelling Flight at Amy Johnson Festival, 8th July - 6th September 2016 

Press Advertisement, 1936

We are pleased to announce Shell press adverts and transport posters will be presented in an exhibition curated by the Shell Heritage Art Collection at the Amy Johnson Festival in Hull, Johnsons home town.


Amy Johnson, in 1930, was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and set a string of other records throughout her career, fuelled by Shell. ‘Fuelling Flight’ will be shown at the Hull History Centre and will focus on Shell’s highly successful advertising campaigns, aviation record breaking achievements and women’s advocacy in the 1930s.  

Find out more about the Amy Johnson Festival

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, near Banbury, Warwickshire is now owned and cared for by The National Trust and more details can be found here.

Other venues

More Shell Heritage Art Collection items can be seen as a part of larger exhibitons at Nature in Art, Brooklands Museum and Mottisfont Abbey


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 now on sale and available to order from Lutterworth Press


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