Our thirtieth Standing-Room Only Lecture will have Tim Medland coming to speak of spies (and posters). Espionage for military purposes has been practiced for millennia, however “spy fever” first became a recorded issue during the First World War. In the febrile atmosphere of World War II, where espionage—amateur and accomplished—was rife even among allies, and covert activities were vital, there was a booming, government inspired demand for propaganda posters warning of such risks. This short talk will examine some of the most impactful images produced by Allied countries from this period.

Our speaker, Tim Medland, is an independent curator who focuses on the history of visual and material culture. He holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, with a concentration in socially engaged practice. His research interests include environmental activism and sustainability, and the histories of transport, propaganda, colonialism, and migration.


Thirty tickets are available for $10 each.

Date and Time
Wednesday, April 17 at 7p
Doors open at 6p for mingling.

Katherine Small Gallery
108 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143 [map]

Standing-Room Only Lectures aim to present short talks about graphic design, typography, and collecting. The lectures are kept to about twenty minutes because—true to its name—the series takes place in our standing-room only gallery. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a short attention span.

We will be checking ticket reservations at the door. Don’t bother printing your ticket as we can look you up by name. We will have a stand-by line at the door for this event. Five minutes before the event begins, we will open up the event to those in the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have reserved a ticket for this event, please note that it will guarantee your place until 6:55 pm on the day of the event.

Will this talk be recorded or available for streaming?