A New History of the wartime Ministry of Information

Interested that the following project is being sold as the first history of the Ministry of Information (although it does say first official history), as Ian McLaine’s book offers a pretty decent history, then built on by James Chapman re: films, and then of course, my brain is finally working on a book proposal from my […]

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 […]

James Chapman ‘ Official British Film Propaganda during the Second World War

Chapman, J., ‘Official British Film Propaganda during the Second World War’ PhD Thesis completed, 1995. Lancaster University The Ministry of Information was set up at the outbreak of war in September 1939 to co-ordinate all aspects of propaganda and information for the British Government. Its Films Divison was responsible for the formulation of official film […]