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What’s Online: ‘We need to buck ourselves up a bit’ – British propaganda of the Second World War

At the outbreak of war in 1939, the newly formed Ministry of Information set out to inform and influence the British public and maintain their morale. They did so through innovative multi-media campaigns, using posters, pamphlets, books, film and exhibitions.

Looking at the development of visual propaganda during the Second World War and the stories behind campaigns, this talk highlights the Ministry’s successes and failures, and showcases some of the most visually impressive artwork and graphic design used for war propaganda.

This talk was delivered on 10 July 2020 by Katherine Howells, Visual Collections Researcher at The National Archives.


Transcription to follow.