25/07/2023 - 29/09/2023

Archive Exhibition

‘FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE’: posters and promotional items from the Swedenborg Archive (1872-1996)

Mon-Fri: 10-5pm

Revolution and reform go hand in glove with posters and slogans. But just how does one promote the coming of a new era or ‘New Jerusalem’ as Swedenborg coined it? Spanning a period of just over 100 years—from the 1870s to the 1990s—For a Better Understanding of Life is a new exhibition showcasing a fascinating selection of posters, signs, handbills, audio recordings, magic lantern slides, display material and adverts from the archive at Swedenborg House.

Featuring original works by John Kaczmarczyk and Kessler Voges, and curated by the Society’s in-house team of Swedenborgian experts—Stephen McNeilly, Alex Murray and James Wilson—the exhibition charts the wonderful ways in which Swedenborg and his ideas for a new Jerusalem have been publicized during a century of great change.

Visitors will also have a unique opportunity to invent their own slogans, design their own posters or purchase new souvenir prints of one of the iconic wayside pulpit posters from the Swedenborg House archive.


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