BBC2: How We Won the War

There's a series currently in planning for BBC2, to be presented by Jules Hudson, for Autumn 2012, a travelogue across the UK uncovering civilian stories of the Second World War. Having come across 'The Art of War' at the National Archives (which they hadn't realised was written by me), and then I guess coming across my website, I have just been in talks with them about being an expert for an episode on government propaganda…

Talk: Seeing it through – wartime posters on the Underground @ltmuseum

Tuesday 1 March 2011 London Transport's war posters used modern design to convey essential information to passengers and staff. Thoughtful passenger behaviour was encouraged in the humorous cartoons of Fougasse and David Langdon. More direct appeals for co-operation, or advice on sheltering and the 'blackout' were expressed in easy to read layouts. Other posters celebrated LT's contribution to the war effort and London's resilience. Seeing it Through was a series of posters commissioned from Eric…

Reynoldson, F. Home Front: Propaganda 1993

A good primary school book, one of many Reynoldson has written. The book is well illustrated with photographs and poster illustrations, accompanied by clear text which, of necessity, is simplistic. There are several quotes from key figures in the war, which, if the subject is developed at a later age, will become well known! The 'Home Front' is often a popular topic in schools, as so many areas of the National Curriculum can be covered.…

Paret, P.; Lewis, B.; Paret, P. Persuasive Images 1992

Although this book is derived from an American collection of posters, the range of posters shown is very wide-ranging. After a brief general poster history pre-1914, the book contains many posters from most (if not all) of the belligerent nations involved in warfare during the twentieth century - a century in which propaganda and the art of advertising has flourished. Most of the posters are accompanied by useful snippets of information which tries to set…

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 the propagandists themselves. He feels that after two years: The Germans were still characterised as irretrievably wicked. Efforts were made…