Historian finds safety poster from coronation

A 60-year- old road safety poster from the time of the Queen's coronation is offering a glimpse into health and safety campaigns of the past
A 60-year- old road safety poster from the time of the Queen's coronation is offering a glimpse into health and safety campaigns of the past
From left, mayor of Gosport Linda Batty, Shirley Faichen and her deputy manager Pauline Brazier, who both started 20 years ago with Cllr  Peter Edgar 

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THIS 60-year-old road safety poster from the Queen’s coronation shows health and safety rules aren’t just a modern day invention.

The poster was discovered by Dr Mike Esbester, an historian at the University of Portsmouth.

It depicts the royal procession surrounded by children and was aimed at teaching children road safety habits.

Dr Esbester said: ‘The health and safety messages of the 1950s are a perfect example of how many things have changed dramatically since the Queen came to the throne.

‘At that point safety messages were gently encouraging but 60 years on we are more used to hard-hitting, even shocking, messages, such as some of the Christmas anti-drink driving television commercials.

‘But the underlying challenges – how to make the messages attractive and accessible, how to get people to pay attention – haven’t changed much in 60 years.’

The poster was discovered as part of research into accident prevention in twentieth-century Britain.