All posts filed under: Ministry of Information Digital

Orwell, 1984 and the Ministry of Information

Since the inauguration of President Trump sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have increased by 9,500 per cent, and at the time of publication it is still at the top of Amazon’s American best seller lists. But what might new readers learn from it?, asks Dr Marc Patrick Wiggam, a research fellow at the Institute of […]

History and legacy of the Ministry of Information

Image: © IWM (D 650A) Katherine Howells, a doctoral candidate at King’s College London, provides an overview of the  ‘Publishing and Communications History of the Ministry of Information, 1939-45’ project being undertaken by the Institute of English Studies (IES) in collaboration with the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s and the National Archives at Kew. […]

Memories of the Second World War from the Mass Observation archive

Blitz spirit: air raid damage in Britain during the Second World War © IWM (HU 36220A) Katherine Howells, a doctoral candidate on the Institute of English Studies and King’s College London Ministry of Information project, A publishing and communications history of the Ministry of Information, 1939–45, reports on what she discovered while researching people’s written thoughts […]

Propaganda bestsellers: the role of paperbacks in the Second World War

In anticipation of the 2015 London Rare Book School, this blog post by Dr Henry Irving examines the idea behind the Ministry of Information’s Official War Books series. What gives a book popular appeal? This question was raised repeatedly in the Ministry of Information’s Publications Division during 1941. The way that it was answered led to […]