Winds of Change Poster Exhibition
An exhibition of over 20 original railway posters is being organised in Winchcombe Gloucestershire early next month. The advert below gives full details of the gallery and the dates to see the posters.
Works by Mason, Buckle, Steel, Merriott and Wesson will be amongst those on display. The aim is to show Britain in a colourful but nostalgic way, at the height of the railway advertising era.
That evening we drove to Newcastle to give an after dinner speech at the 75th Anniversary dinner of the NE branch of the Railway Correspondence and travel Society (RCTS). This was well attended by members and their wives from all over the UK, and it gave us the chance to talk about the development of posters and their impact on our social development in the 20th century. The right hand picture shows some of the delegates to the weekend conference arriving for the event.
JDF and Associates are supporting the Portishead Railway Group in their efforts to re-open the branchline from Bristol Temple Meads to Portishead. Their website (www.portisheadrailwaygroup.org.uk) gives details of huge advances made on this project over the past few years. The line closed in September 1964, but looking at the number of people commuting every day into Bristol, clogging roads and increasing emissions, it makes perfect sense to reinstate the station and track, to reduce commuting time from an average of an hour to just 17 minutes. Within the overall project, we have floated the idea for new railway posters, having the local school children design these for inclusion on the station, whenever that may be built. Our office managers (Pure Offices, Gloucester) are also involved in media co-ordination and linkage to North Somerset County Council: (see www.pureoffices.co.uk.). It is an excellent example of a ‘Big Society’ project making a local difference.
Finally, work is steady on volume 4. Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Norfolk are complete and the artists’ thumbnails and the database are also ready. I am currently in the picturesque villages of Suffolk and surrounded by some wonderful railway art. Hertfordshire and Western Essex are next.