Public History Now

Public History Group, Ruskin College, Oxford, 20th May, 2000 'Nostalgia and the Visual Image: The memory of propaganda posters of the Second World War.' ABSTRACT: This paper will explore the place that Second World War Home Front posters have in popular memory, with a particular focus upon the nostalgia industry that has grown up around them. There are countless objects that can be purchased adorned with images and slogans from wartime posters: not only postcards…

World War II Propaganda Posters and the Image of Britain

Research Day: National Identities King Alfred's, Winchester, September 21st, 1999 This was a very successful, well attended event. Short papers were given by a student and tutor from each research centre on the common theme of national identities. The day included a paper given by myself, entitled 'World War II Propaganda and the Image of Britain'. Once a brief definition of propaganda and the job of the poster had been established, three posters from the…

1940s Society: WW2 Posters

The 1940s Society, 25th June, 1999 The planning, design and reception of British Home Front Propaganda Posters of the Second World War Ian, of the 1940s Society, discovered my site, and asked if I would give a talk to his group in Kent. So, in June 1999, I went to present a paper regarding my project. I discussed why I had first become interested in the subject (after seeing the Home Front display at the…

Quotes from Questionnaire 1997-1998

A questionnaire was circulated in 1997 and 1998, using responses from newspaper appeals and personal contacts. There are some quotes that were particularly interesting, and some of them are highlighted here. Male Respondent: 'The one that seems very funny to me now but not at the time was VD Kills. In those days such a thing was never mentioned such was the ignorance, but it must have been a very big problem as this was…

Questionnaire, 1997

Below is a questionnaire circulated in late 1997, early 1998, to people who remembered posters from the Second World War. I got many replies, and some of the particularly interesting ones are featured here. The interviews did not materialise due to cost and time restraints, as I had so many archives to visit! Questionnaire into the memories that people have about British Home Front posters of the Second World War If there are any questions…