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Keep Britain Tidy And Other Posters From The Nanny State

by Hester Vaizey

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Keep Britain Tidy & Other Posters From the Nanny State

This collection of public information posters from the period 1945-75 is published in conjunction with the National Archives, where the original posters are located. The posters provide a fascinating insight into the policies and priorities of successive postwar governments, covering everything from the jobs people did, the food they ate, the amount of alcohol they drank and cigarettes they smoked to the wearing of motorcycle helmets and seat belts, road safety for children and Keep Britain Tidy campaigns. It includes almost fifty posters, over forty of them with perforations so they can be removed from the book and displayed.

Secrets of The National Archives : The Stories Behind the Letters and Documents of Our Past

The National Archives is one of the most remarkable collections of documents in the world, holding over 120 miles of papers. In 2010 the staff at the Archives were asked to select their favourite document. The results of this poll form the basis of this book, skilfully curated by bestselling author Richard Taylor.

Each of the documents has a timeless quality, acting as a true testament to a moment in history. The Magna Carta is a document sealed in a damp field in Surrey, yet is deferred to centuries later by Governments and Courts around the world; a parchment letter written by a terrified young girl pleading for her life paves the way for the girl to become Elizabeth I; the first example of musical notation is discovered on the back of another document; the actual telegram sent from a sinking Titanic remains heart-rending today; a ship's log written by Captain Cook, at anchor in Botany Bay, records his first encounter with Australian Aborigines. Far from being dusty documents from the past, these papers twinkle with life and resonate powerfully today.

Fully illustrated, this book allows us to glimpse history as it really happened.

For real fans of The National Archives we have a special gift bundle of our most recent publications offered at the bargain price of £60 (RRP £87.90). This includes copies of Secrets of The National Archives, Maps Their Untold Stories, Inventions That Didn't Change the World and Keep Britain Tidy.

Staff Reviews

Keep Britain Tidy brings to life the growth of the "Nanny State" in post-war Britain, perfectly encapsulating the themes that dominated the period in a series of over forty vivid, detachable posters. From posters that call for workers during the post-war construction boom ("Come on Lads!") to those that expose Cold War paranoia ("Keep Our Secrets Secret"), the UK Government's aims and worries are laid bare by the posters it produced. Complete with detailed captions and an Afterword by Dr Hester Vaizey, the book would be of interest to art lovers, history buffs or simply those looking for a piece of history for their wall. Edward Field Contracts Assistant