The Second World War, Popular Culture and Cultural Memory (Call for Papers)

13 July 2011 – 15 July 2011 Few historical events have resonated as fully in modern British popular culture as the Second World War. It has left a rich legacy in a range of media that continue to attract a wide audience: film, TV and radio, photography and the visual arts, journalism & propaganda, architecture, music and literature. The war’s institutionalised commemoration and remembrance fuels a museum and heritage industry whose work often benefits from Continue Reading →

What could @HeathrowAirport learn from the Blitz?

The image below looks rather familiar from all the images at Heathrow Airport over the last few days (thankfully I was able to get home, and not get stuck there).  The story has just run on BBC London News, investigating Christmas 1940 down the Tube. Initially customers had to break down barriers as officials weren’t letting them in, then they commandeered space (nights only!), anything they could use for coverings, etc., originally chaos, but then Continue Reading →

Lucy Noakes, University of Brighton, speaks at @_UoW: “War on the Web”

Earlier this evening I attended this talk, see my “rough” notes below. Lucy Noakes was visiting the University of Winchester’s Modern History Research Centre. BBC People’s War website 2003 – 2006. Veteran memories, referred to as stories. Cultural memory of the war! Growing since 1960s. Defined variously Inc mythical debunking (least helpful). Not exclusive to people who have memories of an event. Politics propaganda etc. Underlying. Term memory problematic. Joanna Bourke. Usually individually. Allowed or Continue Reading →

The Culture Show

Here are “my” posters again… well, I have written the most about them 🙂 I’m still watching the programme, and it seems to be mostly about “Art” with a capital A, which many posters are not considered as, but the initial summary shows Presenter Alastair Sooke talking to the Art Dept @ the Imperial War Museum about the Keep Calm and Carry On Posters. See just before 25 minutes in … straight in with Keep Continue Reading →

Fougasse Exhibition @ The Cartoon Musuem

Fougasse – Careless Talk Costs Lives 9 September – 21 November 2010 An exhibition of classic war-time poster designs, posters for London Transport and Punch cartoons by Fougasse from the 1920s to the 1960s at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH. Hopefully of interest to followers of this site. We will also be doing some talks on Fougasse during October. Comment sent to old site by Anita O’Brien [email protected] Read Continue Reading →

Donald Zec, Don’t lose it again! The life and war-time cartoons of Philip Zec, 2005

Philip Zec is now widely regarded as the most important political cartoonist of World War Two. From 1939 to 1945 he produced 1529 cartoons for the Daily Mirror which caught brilliantly the defiance of the British people at war. Some of his finest drawings are reproduced in these pages. Two cartoons made history: the first, the notorious ‘seaman on the raft’ cartoon was astonishingly misinterpreted in Downing Street and led to a furious debate in Continue Reading →

Max Arthur, Forgotten Voices of the Second World War: A New History of World War Two in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There, Ebury Press, 2004

“The Imperial War Museum holds a vast archive of interviews with soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians of most nationalities who saw action during WW2. As in the highly acclaimed “Forgotten Voices of the Great War”, Max Arthur and his team of researchers will spend hundreds of hours digging deep into this unique archive, uncovering tapes, many of which have not been listened to since they were created in the early 1970s. The result will be Continue Reading →

Opie, R. The Wartime Scrapbook, 1998

Robert Opie maintains an unrivalled collection of advertising and packaging memorabilia, and many of his pieces from the Second World War are showcased in this scrapbook. There’s a little bit of everything in the book: posters, packaging, booklets, gas masks, badges, jars, magazines, etc. There are little scraps of information dotted around on each page to explain the significance of some of the objects, but largely the objects are left to speak for themselves. A Continue Reading →