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A modern school contrasted with an old school. Colour lithograph after A. Games, 1942.

Games, Abram, 1914-1996.

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The school is Impington Village College, designed by Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, under the aegis of Henry Morris


[London?] : Issued by A.B.C.A. (Army Bureau of Current Affairs), [1942] (London, E.C.4 : Multi Machine Plates Ltd.)

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1 print : lithograph, printed in grey, blue, black, brown, pink, yellow and green ; sheet 55 x 74.5 cm


Your Britain: fight for it now. A school in Cambridgeshire where village children are learning to grow up in healthful surroundings. This building is characteristic of the best developments in welfare and education. Designed by P.R.2 69. A. Games. '42


One of a set of three posters commissioned by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs from Abram Games and Frank Newbould on the theme "Your Britain: fight for it now". The three works by Games bear record numbers 20281i, 20282i, and 20283i in the Wellcome Library catalogue. "Games's own posters were inspired by the Beveridge Reports's recently published blueprint for a welfare state. His three designs juxtaposed pre-war squalor with modern images of state-funded health centres, housing and schools. "It was strictly non-political," he claims, but we had to ask ourselves, "Why are we doing this? What kind of Britain are we fighting for?". Winston Churchill saw it differently ...Even now the suppression of the posters that Games regards as some of his best work still raises his hackles. "Churchill may have been a great wartime leader but he'd never visited a slum. I saw the war as a catalyst for achieving the things that Britain needed, but I think he saw those who supported the welfare state as communists." " (interview with Abram Games published in an article in The Sunday telegraph, 3 July 1994)

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Not in copyright in the UK. Was formerly UK Crown copyright, but that has expired. Letter to the Wellcome Library from the Estate of Abram Games, 24 January 2001


Wellcome Library no. 20281i



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