New Theme: http://ww2poster.co.uk

So, I’ve found a new theme that I like for my PhD thesis site (still book in planning!), now to make it more self-managing, so that it remains useful, if not that frequently updated! I’d bought the theme to use for my personal site, then decided it didn’t do what I wanted. Whilst playing with free themes for this site, I decided I’d try this one, and see if I could get something from the Continue Reading →

[BLOG] Keep Calm and Carry On and other Second World War Posters

The site ww2poster.co.uk was constructed as an electronic resource to gather data and disseminate the research-in-progress for my PhD. The website ranks highly on Google, and has been referred to as one of the top poster-websites in James Aulich War Posters: Weapons of Mass Communication (Thames & Hudson, Imperial War Museum), 2007, receiving around 500 unique visitors per day from visitors worldwide – and around 18,000 in one month after featuring in the New York Times. The site has generated Continue Reading →

Keep Calm And Carry On

Please do “Keep Calm and Carry On” as data continues to transfer from http://www.ww2poster.co.uk onto this blog, which is mid-transfer back onto its own domain name tonight. Some of the information and links may need updating/be broken, but this is phase one of the transfer, whilst I continue to add other news stories as identified. From the Summer onwards, I have more plans for new content… Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Continue Reading →

WW2Poster Blog (2009-2010)

Having been quoted in the Daily Express, I started to track the success of the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan. With time, I will add some of the material that I collected for my PhD thesis to this blog (although preferably not losing out on publication opportunities). This blog is designed to complement my website: http://www.ww2poster.co.uk (which seriously needs updating), and is the first time I have seriously published on WordPress (although I’ve been Continue Reading →

Second World War Posters (since 1997)

The site ww2poster.co.uk was constructed as an electronic resource to gather data and disseminate the research-in-progress for my PhD. The website ranks highly on Google, and has been referred to as one of the top poster-websites in James Aulich War Posters: Weapons of Mass Communication (Thames & Hudson, Imperial War Museum), 2007, receiving around 500 unique visitors per day from visitors worldwide. The site has generated contacts from other academics working in the field, and information Continue Reading →

[ABSTRACT] The Planning, Design and Reception of British Home Front Propaganda Posters of the Second World War

This project focuses upon propaganda posters produced during the Second World War (1939 to 1945), primarily by the British government, aimed chiefly at their civilian population. The project uses Foucauldian discourse analysis and content analysis to investigate the images and their context, and identify key themes across a wide range of posters, over a long time-frame. This thesis contributes to an historical understanding of the British popular propaganda experience, largely ignored in previous historical research. Continue Reading →

PhD Proposal, 1997: The planning, design and reception of British Home Front propaganda posters of the Second World War

Vast quantities of primary sources on World War Two have been released since the war, particularly in the last twenty-five years, and historians have studied numerous areas, one of which has been propaganda. The propaganda of various countries has been studied, particularly Germany (e.g. Welch, 1995, Zemen, 1964) and the U.S.S.R. (e.g. Baburina, 1984, White, 1988), with American (Nelson, 1991), French (Moody, 1989), Italian (Sciola, 1993) and Japanese (Dower, 1986) propaganda looked at to a Continue Reading →