All posts tagged: Second World War

#PotW: ‘Insulting the autumnal sky’: Senate House and the work of the Ministry of Information 1939-46

When: Thursday 2 February 2017, 6-8pm Who: Senate House Library Where: Chancellor’s Hall, first floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Between 1939 and 1946 the University of London’s Senate House, designed by Charles Holden, was occupied by the Ministry of Information (MOI). The MOI was tasked with justifying Britain’s case during the Second World War to […]

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 […]

Refugee Week Series: Satire, Exile and World War II

Post by Dr Clare George. The second post, about exile libraries, can be found here. The third post, about refugee protection mechanisms, can be found here. Clare is the archivist working on The Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller Archive: An Austrian Jewish Exile Theatre Collection. Final preparations are underway at the IGRS for the opening of the […]

Atlantic Archive – free access to British government reports on the US from World War II.

Atlantic Archive: UK-US Relations in an Age of Global War 1939-1945 Britain’s relationship with the United States changed fundamentally in the first half of the twentieth century, and the period 1939 to 1945 was particularly significant in this transformation. Britain was overtaken by the United States as the world’s foremost economic power, it became dependent […]