NEW 1930s-style posters inspired by Chester and North West landmarks will be on display at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum from Saturday, November 9.

The Chester Grosvenor Museum will host the new exhibition of 24 colourful 1930s-style posters until 15 March, 2020 .

The posters are the work of Chester-based artist Nicky Thompson, whose previous vintage railway poster exhibition achieved widespread national acclaim.

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The collection is characterised by blocky, vibrant colours and features images of Liverpool, Tatton Park and Chester Cathedral as well as Chester Race Course, Frodsham, Helsby and even a Roman Centurion.

Two Christmas-inspired prints will also be on display.

Artist Nicky Thompson, 49, is the owner of boutique Chester design studio Lemondrop Creative and is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester.

He said: “For 18 months, I’ve worked on this collection, it’s a real joy to see the artworks come together as one show and I am particularly delighted for them to be displayed at the wonderful Grosvenor Museum.

“The collection contains work commissioned by clients such as Tatton Park, Marketing Cheshire, London Northwestern Railway, Virgin, Tatton Park and others. My visual inspiration has been the work of Frank Henry Mason. He and others created posters during the 1930s of towns and landscapes all across the country. Their visual language was bold, vibrant and immediate and is very much part of the social and aesthetic history of Britain.”

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Twelve of the images on display are part of a ‘Made in Chester’ calendar and postcard set which will be on sale at the Grosvenor Museum’s shop, along with selected posters. Fine art prints of the posters will also be available online at

Nicola Said, commercial director at Marketing Cheshire said: “Although the inspiration behind these artworks is firmly rooted in the travel posters of the 1930s, there is also a contemporary edge to them, and it is perhaps this that has accounted for their success with new audiences. Certainly, they work equally well in contemporary commercial settings as they do in a gallery environment.

"At Marketing Cheshire, we are proud to show off our beautiful city to the wider world, and Nicky Thompson’s artwork helps us to do that.”