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 RoSPA shows vintage health and safety posters in a three day exhibition

RoSPA shows vintage health and safety posters in a three day exhibition

1 June 2012 Email this article

RoSPa (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) has recently displayed a series of historical safety posters by famous artists from its archive, in a three-day exhibition called The RoSPA Collection. This exhibition took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, from the 15-17 of May, alongside the RoSPA Awards ceremonies and the Safety and Health Expo Safety at the NEC.

These 40 iconic posters have only recently been found and date back to the 1930s, through to the 1970s.  The posters were a rare discovery - found last year, after RoSPA cleared out its old warehouse. The whole collection found consisted of 700 historical posters in total - featuring all aspects of safety, such as occupational, road, home and leisure and have never been displayed before.

RoSPA has been integral to accident and prevention around the world, for over 95 years. Famous artists that produced this artwork for the organisation include; Tom Eckersley, Leonard Cusden and the cartoonist George Smith (better known as Gus). In collaboration with this exhibition, RoSPA has also made a video detailing this fantastic discovery.

Janice Cave, RoSPA’s history project manager, said: “We were astonished at the wide variety of styles used by the different artists and the high calibre of their work. Yet their messages are just as valid today as they were when they were created decades ago.”

Graphic design history expert Dr Paul Rennie, of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, who is working with RoSPA on its historical poster project, said: “The exhibition is the first phase of a project that does two things: the first is to share this amazing work with colleagues and friends and also with a wider public - the work is testimony to a long and continuous effort to improve the quality of working and everyday life for ordinary people; and the second is to showcase the remarkable graphic and artistic talent supported by RoSPA over the years.”   Due to the fragile nature of the posters, they have been reproduced photographically to ensure they can be exhibited safely.

High quality framed and unframed art prints, canvases and posters from The RoSPA Collection are now available to purchase from www.rospaprints.com.