NEW BOOK: Keep Britain Tidy and Other Posters from the Nanny State

Hear all about it on the BBC, and put in an order to Amazon – looks fascinating. Second World War Posters 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. https://twitter.com/ww2poster Like it? Share it…

7 reasons to keep calm and carry on

1.  Decorum. Because a hubbub or a brouhaha would be unseemly. 2.  Because You’re British. It’s what’s expected of you.  It’s what comes naturally.  Your reaction to an unforeseen and potentially frightening event should be one of unflappable fortitude and apparent indifference.  No flapping.  Got that? 3.  Consequences. If you should flap then someone with a plummy voice will be forced to administer a swift slap and command you to “pull yourself together”.  That constitutes a scene.  No one Continue Reading →

McLaine, I. Ministry of Morale: Home Front Morale and the Ministry of Information in World War Two London: George Allen & Unwin, 1979

A key work for this project which fully considers the administrative history of the Ministry of Information, the lead government department for propaganda. He argues that for two years, the measures taken by government propagandists were: Unnecessary and inept Based on misunderstanding and distrust of the British public Products of the class and background of the propagandists themselves. He feels that after two years: The Germans were still characterised as irretrievably wicked. Efforts were made Continue Reading →

S.F.Ryan: ‘British Perceptions of the Meaning of the War: The Government, the Public and the Fate of France: 1939-42’

S.F.Ryan: ‘British Perceptions of the Meaning of the War: The Government, the Public and the Fate of France: 1939-42’Ryan, S.F., ‘British perceptions of the meaning of the war: the government, the public and the fate of France: 1939-42’ M.Phil completed 1993. Salford University No abstract available. Second World War Posters 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 Continue Reading →

M.A. Kertesz: ‘The Enemy – British Images of the German People during the Second World War’

Kertesz, M.A. ‘The Enemy – British Images of the German people during the Second World War’ D.Phil completed, 1992, Sussex University Abstract: The thesis examines the creation and development of enemy imagery in writing about the German people during the Second World War, tracing the gradual redefinition of the enemy from the Nazi elite to a wider hostility which, for some people, embraced the entire German population. The German role of enemy was established by Continue Reading →

I.R.C. Howling, ‘”Our Soviet Friends”: The Presentation of the Soviet Union in the British Media 1941-45’

Howling, I.R.C. ”Our Soviet Friends’: the presentation of the Soviet Union in the British Media 1941-45′ M.A. completed, 1988. Leeds University Abstract: Presenting the Soviet Union to the British public – whether as an adversary during the period of the Nazi-Soviet Pact or as an ally in the Anglo-Soviet Alliance – posed great problems to British wartime propagandists. This thesis is an examination of the methods employed by the British government, armed as it was Continue Reading →

Supporting British Farmers

British Farmers Need Our Support (October 2008) What is the best way to support British Farmers? (April 2008) Campaign for British Farmers to get a Fair Deal (October 2007) Check out how British Farmers are working with the environment, and opening their farms to you (annually, June) The supermarkets are now stocking more and more Organic, Fair Trade and Local items. Fair trade items include coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, geobars. Keep your eyes peeled for Continue Reading →

Best of British: Past and Present

One for the nostalgics… interesting to see how history is reconstructed, especially in a magazine which is popular overseas! “The UK’s best-read nostalgia monthly: Founded in 1995, Best of British celebrates our glorious past – and all that’s best about Britain today. The blend of cherished memories from yesteryear with features celebrating the people and the places that make Britain so special as established Best of British as a firm favourite with folks all around Continue Reading →