British railway history through poster advertisements

Fleurieu residents who are well aware of their own regional railroad history may be interested in the Australian Decorative and Fine Art Society (ADFAS) Fleurieu branch's first lecture of 2020, with Charles Harris.

The topic, Romancing the Rails - British Railway Posters, will be presented on February 17 at the Gospel Centre, 2 George Main Road, Victor Harbor.

Lecturer Charles Harris, an award-winning British creative advertising agency director, is an international expert on posters, having created posters for big-name brands such as British Airways, Nestle, Sony, General Motors and Shell.

He will discuss the golden age of British Rails, the most romantic period of British travel history, and famous rail routes and iconic rail trips, such as on the Flying Scotsman, Golden Arrows, Belles and Pullmans.

His focus will be on the role of rail posters in the world of travel, and the evolution of holiday travel in Britain.

Anyone who watches the TV program Antiques Roadshow will know that original British Railway Posters are collectibles these days, and bring very high prices.

Most of these posters were beautifully drawn, and offered colourful images of the various train destinations.

Often these were designed and painted by significant commercial artists of the time.

The inaugural 2020 ADFAS Fleurieu lecture will be presented at 10.30am on February 17, preceded by morning tea at 9.45am.

Non-member guests are welcome to attend for no more than two lectures a year.

Bookings for non-members (at $25 per person) can be made by calling Anne Butcher on 0408 268 511.