History lecturer to choose today’s influential poster-makers in competition to enhance wellbeing

Dr Mike Esbester, Senior Lecturer in History at the University, has been invited to judge on a national competition the British Safety Council are running.

The competition is looking for images in a poster that illustrates what wellbeing means to the entrant. The idea behind the competition is to enhance wellbeing and improve mental health.

Mike was asked to be a judge on the basis of his research into the history of health and safety communication. He has had a long-standing interest on how visual methods, such as posters, booklets and films have been used to try to persuade people in the UK  to change their behaviour and act in ways deemed to be safer.

The British Safety Council’s Head of Campaigns and Engagement, Matthew Holder said “Mike is an obvious choice to judge our poster competition, ‘Images of Wellbeing’. He has a deep and long-standing interest in safety communications as was recently demonstrated when Mike authored the British Safety Council 60th Anniversary poster book (now in production by Routledge) last year. He understands the importance of a strong message and image to make a difference and we want to see what today’s generation of poster-makers can do to influence people’s wellbeing.”

The competition runs until 19 October, and University staff, students, partners & alumni are all encouraged to enter! Read more about Mike’s involvement in the campaign in his post on the History team’s blog, History @ Portsmouth.

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