John Westwood Collection

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into groupings which reflect Westwood's collecting areas: posters; typography: printing education; menus, invitations, programmes and dust jackets; City of Zurich; and tourist maps.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Westwood was Head of Design at Her Majesty's Stationary Office. He aimed to collect examples of good printing and design. He was especially interested in travel and the collection includes a large number of posters for organisations such as Transport for London and British Railways. Westwood also felt an affinity to Zurich and collected items relating to the city.

His collection includes items by well known designers such as Robert Fenton and Tom Eckersley.

As well as reflecting fashions in design the items also reflect social trends for example, many posters advertise pursuits for tourists and show the locations social highlights, architecture and fashion.

Access Information

Open. The Archives and Special Collections Centre is open Tue-Fri 1-5. Please contact us if these times do not suit. It is advisable to make an appointment.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1980 and transferred to Archives and Special Collections Centre, 2007.

Other Finding Aids

Due to be catalogued.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Archivist's Note

Compiled by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist.