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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Student Response Bank > SRB - 2001/2 > Bainbridge
 
Jo Bainbridge

Visiting the Design Council Archive gave me an appreciation of how an archive works and pushed me to find another archive that I felt more appropriate to my interest.

I came across a poster in the archive of the National Maritime Museum (http://www.nmm.ac.uk). The poster depicted a female factory worker in 1943. It was a black and white image but what really caught my eye was the text that had been added at the bottom.
By producing my own versions of this poster I wanted to show the way women’s achievements were recognised 60 years ago and how this type of recognition would no longer be acceptable with today’s modern attitudes judging them.

Also while I was in the National Maritime Museum’s archive I came across an interesting set of images, which I immediately became attached to. The photographs are of a yachtswoman called Nicolette Milnes-Walker who was the first woman to single-handedly sail across the Atlantic Ocean and of whom I had never heard.
I was taken with the way the photographer had decided to set up the photographs. Nicolette working on a typewriter, setting the table, pouring her mother tea while the men of the house stand behind showing off the trophy. These images to me seemed patronising and didn’t recognise her true achievement.
I presented the images with parts of the text from her book ‘When I Put Out to Sea’ which describe her experiences and accomplishments in the summer of 1971.
 
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