Running until 3 Nov 2019, the exhibition is part of 'Transforming science for young people: Marie Neurath and Isotype books for children', a project aiming to find new audiences for the approach to science communication taken by Marie Neurath. The exhibition is produced in partnership with the University of Reading and Design Science and supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. It is also part of Insiders/ Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival taking place from March 2019 to March 2020 to celebrate refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.
Marie Neurath (nee Reidemeister) studied mathematics and physics from 1917 to 1924 in Göttingen, Germany while also taking courses at the "Kunstschule" (Art school) in 1919. She and Otto Neurath worked in Vienna from 1925 – 1934, making graphic displays of social information - an early form of information design. On moving to The Hague, Marie Neurath coined the acronym ‘Isotype’ ((International System Of TYpographic Picture Education) to describe her work which involved presenting pictorial statistics in such a way as to clarify scientific relationships for non specialists. Large data volumes were translated in a comprehensible and memorable visual form.
After the invasion of Holland began in May 1940 they eventually escaped to the U.K. where they were classed as "enemy aliens". In 1941, after release from internment, Marie and Otto Neurath were married, and resumed their work in Oxford and founding the Isotype Institute.
As Michelle Henning writes in http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/Neurath.html, after the death of Otto Neurath in 1945 Marie became well known in her own right as the author illustrator of a popular series of colourful childrens' books which had a great influence on children growing up in the postwar years. After her retirement in 1971, she gave the working material of the Isotype Institute to the University of Reading, where it is housed in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication as the Otto and Marie Neurath Isotype Collection. She devoted her retirement to establishing a record of Otto Neurath’s life and work, and editing and translating his writings. She died in London on the 10 October 1986”.
There are some wonderful images of her illustrations at https://www.itsnicethat.com/features/marie-neurath-isotype-science-picture-books-illustration-190719. Do take a look - it is just delightful.
Here is a beautiful example of how a person, in their own field of work (in this case a trained scientist with artistic talent), and with a concern (in this case that children need to understand various aspects of science) develops a practical solution that addresses the concern.