Where to see the Shell Heritage Art Collection

Poster exhibition at Dansk Plakatmuseum Aarhus, Denmark
North Hertfordshire Museum - Shell Discovering Britain exhibition 2018
Upton House Exhibition 2018. 1930s Shell Poster behind costumes from the era
North Hertfordshire Exhibition 2018. Discover Britain posters
Mottisfont exhibition 2017. Three Shell Educational Wall Charts, Counties of Britain
Mottisfont Exhibition 2017. Display of Shell oil and petrol cans.

Items from the collection can be seen in our permanent exhibition in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, or in the following temporary exhibitions:

A new selection of 1920s Shell Lorry Bills at Upton House

25th Mar 2017 – 31st Dec 2018  

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Artists Prefer Shell, John Armstrong

Over 30 original Shell lorry bills and paintings from our collection have been loaned to the National Trust in a new exhibition to celebrate former Shell Chairman Lord Bearsted’s ownership of Upton House. Walter Samuel 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.

‘A range of photographic exhibitions and Shell advertising posters from the 1920s will change throughout the year, shedding new light on what life was like for a home buyer in the late 1920s. You can be inspired by displays of fabrics, wallpapers and examples of exquisite taste. Understand about fashion trends and what it takes to create the perfect made to measure home.’

Poster Girls – A century of art and design, London Transport Museum

13 Oct 2017 – 31 Jan 2019

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Antiquaries Prefer Shell, Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, 1934

We are pleased to loan an original poster to this exhibition that shines a spotlight on 20th and 21st century female graphic designers and reveals the contribution they have made to poster design over the last one hundred years.

With over 150 posters and original artworks on display, this exhibition attempts to recognise some of these forgotten design heroines and reveal the hidden stories behind their work.

Included in the exhibition is Rosemary Ellis, a graphic artist and illustrator who worked with her husband Clifford Ellis to design posters for Shell, The Empire Marketing Board and the General Post Office, as well as London Transport.

Other venues

More Shell Heritage Art Collection items can be seen as a part of larger exhibitions at Nature in Art,  Brooklands MuseumMottisfont.

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website