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Poster - Old age isn't calm

Old age isn't calm

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (The printing premises was at 16a Iliffe Yard, off Crampton St, London, SE17, made)

  • Date:

    1978 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    See Red Women's Workshop (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photostencil, paper, plastic laminate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Greenwich Mural Workshop

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 84, box E

Physical description

Portrait poster, about the effects of old age on women. The poster is mainly taken up with a black and white portrait photograph of an elderly lady, on a green background, enclosed in a red border. Underneath this, in red lettering on a white background is a poem by Sonia Saxon.

Place of Origin

London (The printing premises was at 16a Iliffe Yard, off Crampton St, London, SE17, made)


1978 (made)


See Red Women's Workshop (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Photostencil, paper, plastic laminate

Marks and inscriptions

Old age isn't calm / Fires burn in bodies of old women / Flutes sing in their ears and they / fall in love now and then / Old women dream of dancing in / moonlight and of being held / Old women want you to hug them / and to feel your warmth / I will not speak to you in / platitudes - words of wisdom / 'be like me" / I do not have a rocking chair - I / have no pattern for younger / women / I don't have a richer outlook on / life (life is always confusing) / Except there is a joy in struggle / And in leaping from change to / change / But let the struggle be your own - / and let the changes be your own / Resist compromise - don't take / anything lying down.
Poem by Sonia Saxon

Poem by Sonia Saxon. Printed by See Red 01 703 0070
Printed vertically, as the side of the portrait of the elderly lady.


Height: 78 cm, Width: 58.8 cm

Object history note

Poster featured in an exhibition by the Greenwich Mural Workshop, entitled 'Printing is easy...?'

Descriptive line

Poster entitled 'Old age isn't calm' made by See Red, London, around 1978.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

From the Greenwich Mural Workshop's 1986 exhibition 'Printing is Easy...?


Paper; Laminate


Posters; Feminism


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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