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Vintage railway poster for Norfolk Broads redesigned for VE Day holiday

PUBLISHED: 09:15 08 May 2020 | UPDATED: 09:28 08 May 2020

The reimagined poster designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire

The reimagined poster designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire

A vintage railway poster encouraging people to visit the Norfolk Broads has been redesigned to persuade tourists to stay away over the bank holiday weekend.

An original railway travel poster (left) with a reimagined poster (right) designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA WireAn original railway travel poster (left) with a reimagined poster (right) designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire

York’s National Railway Museum (NRM) has published a set of 10 images encouraging tourists to delay visits to holiday destinations.

Other posters cover such scenic locations as Cornwall and the Yorkshire coast.

The posters were originally used by railway companies to entice passengers to travel to beauty spots by train.

But they have been redesigned with slogans such as “no swimming today”, “visit when this is all over” and “one day soon, but not today”.

An original railway travel poster (left) with a reimagined poster (right) designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA WireAn original railway travel poster (left) with a reimagined poster (right) designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire

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The coronavirus lockdown means that people in the UK are unable to leave their homes for day trips or holidays.

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NRM director Judith McNicol said: “At a time of widespread travel restrictions, we hope that recreating a selection of the most popular travel posters will enable people to enjoy some of their favourite holiday destinations while celebrating the style and glamour of these works of art.

“This is also a way for us to show our support for the nation’s key workers, including many of the 115,000 railway workers who are continuing to keep things running during this time.

An original railway travel poster (left) with a reimagined poster (right) designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA WireAn original railway travel poster (left) with a reimagined poster (right) designed to show support for key workers. The set of ten popular travel posters features vintage artwork with new messages updated to reflect the governments travel advice. Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire

“While we can’t visit these destinations this bank holiday, we hope that these reimagined posters might raise a smile and give people something to look forward to once the lockdown is lifted.”

The NRM, which temporarily closed to the public on March 17, has a collection of 10,700 posters and other railway artwork dating from 1804 to the present day.


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