Norma Bull, an Australian artist, was recommended by John Masefield. She submitted her details including a catalogue and private view card for her exhibition at Harris's Gallery in Bath. Bull had a sketching permit, which meant she could make drawings of bomb damage around Bristol and Bath. Her work was submitted on numerous occasions from August 1941 onwards (often there are lists or descriptions of the works), but not acquired until June 1942, when LD 2144 was purchased for 8 guineas (32). By this time, Bull was in Birmingham, and sought permission to sketch various locations from there.
In August 1942, complaints were received about Bull's activities in Dorset and there is lengthy correspondence to clear up this matter.
Many further pictures were submitted, and in February 1945, IWM:ART LD 4899 was purchased for 8 guineas (120); and in July 1945, LD 5218 for 10 guineas (123).
There is correspondence about the loan of the latter picture to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and later loans and displays of her work.
The file includes a copy of the IWM exhibition leaflet 'Some Women Artists', 1958-9, and a souvenir programme from Norma Bull's exhibition 'Great Britain in Wartime' at Melbourne Town Hall, Australia, 1949 (153).