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Iconic poster archive launched online

Date posted: 08/07/2008

VADS is pleased to announce that a stunning collection of posters by Tom Eckersley has been digitized and is now available online at

Eckersley is one of the foremost poster designers and graphic communicators of the last century. He used bold simple designs, often resembling collage, and the collection reflects the range of his work from propaganda posters to his post-war posters. The collection was formed by Eckersley and is held at the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.

Eckersley's bold, graphic statements coupled with memorable slogans and unique use of colour, were seen promoting some of the most iconic of British institutions such as London Transport, General Post Office, The Ministry of Information and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Eckersley was also a teacher of poster arts and established the first graphic design course in Britain at the London School/College of Printing (now College of Communication, part of University of the Arts London).

Over 100 posters are now available online from this unique archive and further images will be launched on VADS in the coming months.

The collection complements other resources on such as the Imperial War Museum's poster collection which includes works by Eckersley and his contemporaries such as F H K Henrion and Abram Games.

For more information about the Eckersley Archive, see

Notes to Editors

VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It currently provides access to over 100,000 images from art and design collections held in universities, colleges, museums, libraries and archives throughout the UK. The image resources are free and copyright cleared for use in UK Higher and Further Education and personal research.

VADS is based within the University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham.