Birthday Boogie in the Bunker!

"The Churchill Museum and Cabinet War rooms in association with the London Swing Dance Society is proud to host the 10th anniversary celebrations of the incomparable South London Jazz Orchestra with an evening of song and dance ‘Birthday Boogie in the Bunker!' The Cabinet War Rooms, the historic site where Churchill led Britain to victory during the Second World War, commemorates its 70th anniverary this year from becoming operational in 1939.  In November we also commemorate Churchill's…

Telegraph: Posters

Seventy years after the radio announcement that informed the nation that Britain was at war, Imperial War Museum London is mounting Outbreak 1939, a new special exhibition, which will explore the build-up to and preparations for war, from August 20. Terry Charman, senior Imperial War Museum Historian, describes some of the iconic posters from 1939.

Austerity Era Cushions

Heraldic Needlepoint's Austerity Era cushion designs are all taken from posters issued by various departments of the British Government during previous periods of austerity (stylistically, the last 3 are First World War, the remainder are Second World War) Dig for Victory Dig on for Victory Dig for Plenty Make Do and Mend Make Do and Mend (Mrs Sew-and-Sew) Go Through Your Wardrobe Freedom is in Peril: Defend it with all your might Keep Calm and…

Outbreak 1939, Imperial War Museum, London

20 August 2009 to 6 August 2010. Free admission. "At 11.15am on 3 September 1939, the British public heard Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announce that Britain and France were at war with Germany. Seventy years after the announcement that signified the start of the Second World War and changed the lives of millions, this special exhibition explores how being a nation at war shaped the lives of ordinary men and women as well as those who…

Forties Frugality is Back

We mentioned before that the Imperial War Museum is re-using posters from the Second World War to encourage us into good habits to get through the recession! Following the Twitter feed of Mrs Sew & Sew, the campaign is definitely being noticed!  Sarah Mower, Prêt-à-rapporter: This week: Forties frugality, cardie codes and the new nudes, 14 Apr 2009 More of Interest? My Google Alerts is bringing in the usual run of online stores jumping on the bandwagon and…