Ministry of Food: Opening Night

I was priviledged to have a sneak peek at this exhibition last Wednesday (10th February), as we filmed the interview for BBC InsideOut in the exhibition, in front of the posters that are highlighted in the section with Patricia Routledge, from the opening night, with many "famous faces" commenting on what they thought of it. I'm looking forward to going back for a proper look before it closes on 3 January 2011. "I think the…

The Ministry of Food (The Imperial War Museum)

A great video from the Imperial War Museum, for the newly launched exhibition "Ministry of Food".  "During the Second World War, getting the most from your little plot of land was crucial. This film, produced by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1941, explains how to prepare an area of ground for growing your veg, and shows why not having space is simply no excuse." The Imperial War Museum can be found on Twitter, YouTube, Flickr…

Women of Britain, Come Into the Factories

Great things come out of little postcards. I bought this poster as a postcard in the Imperial War Museum whilst 15-17, and then put it on the wall, along with a few others, but it's the colour of this one that stood out, and that I remembered when it came to choosing my A-Level history project, which then became an undergraduate dissertation, and then a PhD. Poster Title: Women of Britain, Come Into the Factories…

Weapons of Mass Communication

"In the 21st century we have become accustomed to mass communication developing to unbelievably sophisticated levels, yet a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum shows how for a large part of the 20th century, the humble poster was the key means of influencing public opinion. The exhibition explores this phenomenon by presenting hundreds of the most eye-catching and iconic posters used to sell war and attendant ideologies from WWI to the present day. Running…