A Nursery-School for War Workers' Children

Elsie Dalton Hewland, Elsie Dalton Hewland1942

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums

A cloakroom at a nursery-school, with children putting on their uniforms and exploring their environment. The painting hints at the changes not just for the children but also for their mothers called into unfamiliar duties. Nursery schools were a new, essential but temporary support for women conscripted into full-time employment, with over 1,300 schools established by 1943.

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  • Title: A Nursery-School for War Workers' Children
  • Creator: Hewland, Elsie Dalton
  • Date Created: 1942
  • Location: UK
  • provenance: War Artists Advisory Committee purchase
  • period: Second World War
  • Subject: children,  education,  women/womens work,  family,  interior,  British Home Front 1939-1945,  British War Work 1939-1945
  • Physical Dimensions: w468 x h568 mm (unframed)
  • Provenance: © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2371)
  • Type: painting
  • External Link: Imperial War Museum website
  • Medium: oil


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