‘For the People’ day of talks, Manchester, 9 November 2019

for the people flyer 9 nov 2019

The Modernist Society are holding a super day of talks on the democratisation of design in mid 20th century Britain.

Litter and street furniture including bins are an integral part of public space. I am speaking about the anti-litter campaign in Britain, from the Anti Litter Leagues of the 1920s to the Keep Britain Tidy campaign from 1951-77. I will also be discussing the changing design of litter bins in public spaces.

What do attitudes towards litter tell us about 20th century British society? How were the preservation of the countryside groups involved? Why were the women’s institutes so heavily involved? Why was it so associated with royalty? What do their story tell us about notions of Englishness, orderliness and patriotism?

Booking page for the event: http://modernist-society.org/events/paul-mellon-talks

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