A talk by Sam Roberts

GhostsignsAdvertisements painted by hand directly onto the brickwork of buildings were once a common sight in cities, towns and villages across the country. The rise of printed billboards soon led to their decline but many still survive, often faded, clinging to the walls that host them.

In 2009/10 a nationwide effort led to the creation of an online photographic archive of these signs, hosted by The History of Advertising Trust (HAT). The project was conceived and led by Sam Roberts and in this talk he will share his findings and thoughts on what the future holds for these messages from the past.

Sam Roberts has been researching, writing and speaking about Ghostsigns since 2006. He splits his time between project management roles at the Work Foundation and the History of Advertising Trust (voluntary) and a number of visiting lecturer posts at UK universities. Prior to this he worked within the advertising industry, holding positions at the IPA, Lowe, D&AD and iris.

The History of Advertising Trust is a registered charity (276194) and houses the largest archive of UK advertising in the world.

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Further resources

Given the largely visual nature of the slides the author suggests these further resources, including some of the articles he has written.  Some of these are listed below and hopefully they will help to offer some of the content and
substance behind the presentation:

Downloads, including articles for the Ephemerist and Ultrabold journals: click here

Books: click here

Press, articles, radio and video, including an article for Literary London: click here

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