The Art of Advertising

About the exhibition

The Art of Advertising tells the story of British advertising from the mid 18th century to the 1930s through an incredible collection of handbills, trade cards, novelties, posters and much more. Drawing on the Bodleian’s renowned John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, one of the largest and most important collections of printed ephemera in the world, the exhibition will reveal how advertisements reflect social attitudes over time while showcasing some of the finest examples of advertising illustration and commercial art.


The Treasury, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


Admission free.

 Opening times

Monday to Saturday - 10am-5pm

Sunday - 11am-5pm


 The curator

  • Julie Anne Lambert

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The Art of Advertising activity day

  28 March 2020 

Drop-in for a day of ephemeral fun based around our new exhibition The Art of Advertising. Meet the exhibition curators, researchers and printing experts to discover something unexpected about those pieces of paper most people just throw away.

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