British Safety Council has a unique position in British society. It is renowned for championing teaching about risk-awareness, for strongly campaigning to improve safety laws and workplace behaviour and for its magazine Safety Management (and earlier versions such as Safe Times) and topical posters. Everything we do is geared towards helping to prevent work-related death and disease.
Historical campaign materials were thought lost – until boxes were recently discovered and opened to reveal a treasure trove of stories and characters reflecting the shifts in the British way of life since 1957.
Our digital archive tells this story. As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations we want to share the surprisingly rich and evocative story of health and safety, both in Britain and abroad.
Posters from the 1970s through to the 1990s, featuring hand-drawn works by in-house artist Stuart Dorman.
Photographs featuring celebrities that supported our campaigns - Barbara Windsor, Lulu, Morecombe and Wise, Yana and many more.