Interested that the following project is being sold as the first history of the Ministry of Information (although it does say first official history), as Ian McLaine’s book offers a pretty decent history, then built on by James Chapman re: films, and then of course, my brain is finally working on a book proposal from my PhD…
A major research project will investigate Britain’s wartime Ministry of Information – inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four – in the very building where the department was once housed.
“The ministry introduced something new to British society – the idea of an arm of government with the power to control information,” said principal investigator Simon Eliot, professor of the history of the book at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.
Operational from 1939 to 1946, it funded composers, a film unit, touring exhibitions and loudspeaker vans, while churning out a plethora of posters and pamphlets, and arranging transport for the distribution of material in other countries.
Read full article, and I’m looking to see what new emerges!
Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest.