A nursery-school for war workers' children

A nursery-school for war workers' children
Elsie Hewland
A nursery-school for war workers' children

oil
55.8 x 45.7cm
IWM ART LD 2371

The painting shows a cloakroom at a nursery-school, with children putting on their uniforms and exploring their environment. It 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.