The Shell Heritage Art Collection is one of the most important collections of commercial art in Britain, and features work from well-known artists including Paul Nash, Vanessa Bell, Graham Sutherland and Duncan Grant.
A dedicated exhibit space spans Shell’s advertising campaigns from the 1900s to the 1950s, and reflects a diversity of artistic style across a range of different applications like posters, press advertisements, paintings and illustrations. The historic Shell garage also situated in the Museum, illustrates the décor and character of a typical 1950s garage. The collection stores include over 7,000 posters, 250 Valentine cards, 1,000 publications and much more, all of which can be viewed by appointment.
The collection showcases the unique ways that Shell used art, sponsorship, products and extraordinary marketing to develop and promote the Shell Brand. From vehicles of a bygone era, to the endorsement of women’s rights, women’s rights, wit and vision come together to illustrate a charming period of history in a uniquely English manner.