A volunteer from British Guiana, poster showing Diana Williams working in the auxiliary territorial service

Description

This poster was published by the Ministry of Information to encourage support for the war effort within the UK and throughout the British Empire during World War Two. It was intended to be displayed in public buildings and places of work.

The ‘Volunteer from Guiana’ poster is part of a series called ‘Empire War Workers in Britain’. The caption notes that many ‘girls’ from the ‘West Indies’ volunteered with the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the British Army during the war. Among other things, the poster emphasises Diana Williams’ ‘equal chance of promotion’. Although many Caribbean people understood their wartime service as part of a larger movement for racial equality, they often encountered racism in the Armed Forces and in Britain. Many of those who came to the country in the post-war period faced prejudice and discrimination in work, housing and other areas of daily life.

Full title:
[Miscellaneous posters, wall sheets and charts, with text in various languages.]
Published:
c. 1939, London
Format:
Poster / Photograph / Image
Creator:
Ministry of Information
Usage terms

This material has been published under an Open Government Licence.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
B.S. 51/29. [Box 3]

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