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'Good mornings begin with Gillette', poster designed by Tom Eckersley

The Tom Eckersley (1914-1997) Archive is housed at the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.

The collection contains posters produced by Eckersley that reflect the range of his work from propaganda posters to his post-war posters. Eckersley used bold simple designs, often resembling collage. The collection shows the development of his style and poster art more generally. Eckersley was also a teacher of poster arts and established the first graphic design course in Britain at the London College of Printing (now College of Communication, part of University of the Arts London). The collection was formed by Eckersley, and as well as printed posters, it includes other work such as magazine covers, and original artwork that shows his work processes.

'After work Guinness', poster designed by Tom Eckersley

Eckersley designed for a wide range of companies and the collection features commissions from: Shell-Mex; British Petroleum; the British Broadcasting Corporation; London Transport; the Ministry of Information (also named the Central Office of Information); the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA); Austin Reed; the General Post Office; Gillette; The United Nations Children's Fund; the World Wide Fund for Nature; the National Business Calendar Design Awards; Cooks; British Leprosy Relief Association; National Bus Company; London College of Printing; the International Wildlife Film and Television Festival; the Inner London Education Authority; City and Guilds; Imperial War Museum; and advertising agency, WS Crawford. He also designed posters for events and seasons, for example, one for a seminar Eckersley gave at the Grafiska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1960.

Tom Eckersley Archive Catalogue (PDF)

University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre

The University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre has been designed to be at the forefront of best professional practice and with the researcher in mind by making available collections that inform, inspire, encourage and excite a diverse range of audiences in support of their creativity, learning and research in the arts, design and communications.

Eckersley original collage

The Centre's unique design and environment, based on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick, includes facilities for researchers to view film, use laptops and see a sample of our holdings in display cases.

The Centre was opened in October 2007 and has since received hundreds of visitors from the UK and overseas. The largest collection held at the Centre is the Archive of the late Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999). The collection spans Kubrick's entire career as a photographer for Look magazine and as a film Director. Other large collections include the comic books collection, the Thorold Dickinson Collection, and the London College of Communication Papers.

The Centre is open by appointment, Tues-Fri 1-5. Please contact the Centre if these times are not convenient.

The Centre is especially strong in film, graphic and business archives and special collections.

Text by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist

Contact Details

Eckersley whilst a lecturer

Duty Archivist
University Archives and Special Collections Centre
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle

Tel: 020 7514 9333


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