'Passing the Buck'

1978-1980 in United Kingdom and London
East London Health Project
Poster entitled 'Passing the Buck

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Poster entitled 'Passing the Buck
East London Health Project| Peter Dunn| Loraine Leeson. Enquiries to Science Museum, London

Poster entitled 'Passing the Buck. games for multinational drug companies', published by the East London Health Project, photomontage by Peter Dunn, 1970s.

An image of a model castle is the centrepiece of this poster. It is called ‘Passing the Buck – games for multinational drug companies’. The castle is made from real drugs and syringes (see object number 1982-486). The photomontage was created by artist Peter Dunn and aimed to highlight pharmaceutical companies ‘putting greed before need’.

In 1978, the East London Trades Councils wanted to give information about health issues to the local population. This was at a time when cuts were being made to the National Health Service (NHS). The East London Health Project was formed for this task and eight different posters were produced over the two years it existed. Art and modern advertising techniques were both used to draw attention to the issues and were displayed in doctors’ surgeries and other waiting areas. The themes and styles of the posters were developed by a steering group including members of the health workers’ unions NALGO and NUPE, the local Trades Council, and Tower Hamlets health campaign and the artists, Loraine Leeson and Peter Dunn.


Public Health & Hygiene
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overall: 450 mm x 610 mm
Lorriane Leeson