With My Little Eye: Warnings For The Homefront

October 20, 2022–April 16, 2023
A cropped lithographic poster of a man's face with an X across his lips.

“There is a well-defined class of people prone to spy mania, war is the heyday of these worthy folk”—Winston Churchill

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 small exhibition examines some of the most impactful images produced by Allied countries from this period.

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.