#BeStillMcr by @PassionArtTrail #Questionnaire

I would really appreciate your help in completing a short questionnaire (12 questions, 5 minutes) around the Passionart Trail. The questionnaire is designed partly to provide information to the Passionart project, and partly to demonstrate to my students the positive uses to which market research can be put.

On Qu 1, if you are under 16, or Qu 2, you have never been to Manchester/don’t plan to in next 12 months, thank you, but you do not fit our target audience for this questionnaire.

What is PassionArt?

The PassionArt Trail is a visual arts pilgrimage hosted by six key cultural venues across the city of Manchester during the season of Lent 10th Feb – 2nd April 2016. Host venues are Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Cathedral, The John Rylands Library, St Ann’s Church, St Mary’s RC Church and Ziferblat, a social space in the Northern Quarter. Work will include Julian Stair’s ceramic exhibition ‘Quietus’, and feature work by Micah Purnell, conceptual public artist. You can find out more by visiting, or searching #BeStillMcr on Twitter, but for a brief description read:

Passionart: BE STILL (2016) celebrates the ancient Christian festival of Lent through the mindful reflection of art in six of Manchester’s most iconic venues. Contemporary installations, paintings, sculpture and live performances by internationally renowned and local artists uncover moments where the sacred inhabits the ordinary. Seeking silence and stillness in a busy city is a spiritual exercise that all can explore, religious or secular. The art trail can be walked as a full days pilgrimage or each venue discovered as a single reflection in a lunch hour. Personal meditations from people of all walks of life around the theme of stillness can be found on our websites 40 days page, one for everyday of the season, to aid you in your Lenten journey.

The Questionnaire

This questionnaire is designed to collect data as to public attitudes regarding mindfulness – including ‘being still’, peace and spirituality, during the season of Lent. The questionnaire is quick to complete, comprising only 12 questions, and will inform our decision making as to how we publicise the event, as well as used to teach marketing students at Manchester Metropolitan University and any related publication/dissemination activities. Data collected is anonymous.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire (not open to those under 16).

40 Days

I have also written a piece for ’40 Days of Reflections’, reflecting upon mindfulness, rest and the faith journey … and a trip to Doubtful Sound in New Zealand. I look forward to reading the rest when Lent starts February 10th 2016.


Questionnaire #DigitalParenting


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 the largest poster of the lot. When you asked about it, a look of horror would come over the person’s face and you would get no explanation. Then one of the schoolboys got the full facts from a soldier at the nearby camp. “You went deaf, and blind and your nose fell off” and you caught this affliction by talking to girls. Needless to say after that you only spoke to boys. I remember averting my eyes every time I passed that poster.’

? Respondent: “At the risk of being labelled conceited I would say that thanks to a decent education and being employed in a Government establishment (and with at least a modicum of common-sense) I did not need the messages of the posters. Perhaps this is why I don’t remember them very well.”

Male Respondent: ‘I remember it chiefly as the Ministry of Mis-Information.’

Male ex-soldier: Rremembered referring throughout the war to ‘the ‘Ministry of Misinformation’ as the ‘Ministry of Lies’!’, although ‘some years after the conflict ended … I came to feel that the latter description was, maybe, ‘over the top’!

? Respondent: Appeals to ‘save water’, ‘5’ only in the bath’ and ‘don’t waste water’ were regarded as particularly unnecessary to one of the respondees to the questionnaire, who lived near a Scottish loch with an inexhaustible water supply.

? Respondent: ‘I have clear memories of my first encounter with W.W.II propaganda when, as a 13 year old schoolboy in September 1939, my home town … blossomed with crimson posters proclaiming that:-
‘Your Courage,
Your Cheerfulness,
Your Resolution,
Will bring us Victory!’
For some reason, these posters were much maligned, possibly because of the association with cheerfulness with courage and resolution! With hindsight, one could argue that the originator had, in fact, identified the three typically British qualities which were to see us through the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.’

? Respondent: ‘Being a child I was obviously impressionable but I remember feeling motivated sufficiently to talk to my parents about these posters and found that they were positively motivated by many of the posters.’

Irish Male: ‘there were not any propaganda ones [posters] by the British. All of the posters issued by the allied forces were true advice posters warning everybody of the Dangers [sic] that lay ahead. All propaganda came from Nazi Germany but thank God it was never believed by all true British subjects. … and propaganda was not advisable as it costs lives.’

Male Historian: ‘Despite modern attempts at “de-bunking”, wartime spirits were mostly high. Certainly, we did not walk about with permanent smiles, in addition to the usual horrors of war … times were hard, and there were invasion fears, bombs, V-1s and V-2s. However, there was never any thought of surrendering…: we always thought we’d win the war; and posters – like other official forms of propaganda – played an important part in keeping-up morale’.


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 that you would rather not answer, please feel free to leave them blank.

Personal Background


Date of Birth

What did you do during the war?

Where did you live during the war?

The Posters

Are there any posters that you particularly remember from the war? Please describe any particular images, characters or slogans that you remember.

Purpose/Effect of the posters

Did you feel that posters were largely asking you to do something, or to feel something?

Do something [ ]
Feel something [ ]
Both [ ]

Did you feel the need to act after you had seen any posters? Do you remember any specific incidences of this?

Were there any appeals that struck you as being particularly necessary to make? Could you give me any examples?

Were there any appeals that struck you as being particularly unnecessary to make? Could you give me any examples?

The time and the place

Where do you remember seeing the posters?

I am trying to date some of the poster campaigns. Do you associate any particular posters, or themes in posters, with any particular year/event during the war?

Some other thoughts

Did you think of the posters as propaganda?

Yes [ ]
No [ ]

Do you feel that the images in the posters accurately reflected any aspects of your life? Could you give any examples of this?

Did you know the names of a ny of the artists? If you can remember any, please write them here.


Have you heard of the Ministry of Information, and do you know what it did?

Have you heard of Mass-Observation, and do you know what it did?

Have you heard of the Home Intelligence Division, and do you know what it did?

Do you remember hearing about any of these organisations during the war?

Ministry of Information Yes [ ] No [ ]
Mass-Observation Yes [ ] No [ ]
Home Intelligence Division Yes [ ] No [ ]

Were you approached by any of these organisations during the war?

Ministry of Information Yes [ ] No [ ]
Mass-Observation Yes [ ] No [ ]
Home Intelligence Division Yes [ ] No [ ]

Use of Information Agreement

The purpose of the Agreement is to ensure that the information that you have provided is used in accordance with your wishes.

I hereby licence Rebecca Lewis to copy and use my contribution for the following purposes:-

Private study
Educational use
Public performances
Displays and exhibitions
Deposit with appropriate archival repository

Special Terms:

Signature …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Date …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Contact Details:

Please Print off & Send to:

Miss Rebecca Lewis
School of HHS,
King Alfred’s College
Hampshire, UK
SO22 4NR


If you feel, having completed the questionnaire, that you still have further memories concerning this topic, please indicate here whether you would be prepared to share them with me by means of an interview:

Yes [ ]
No [ ]

I might not be able to follow up every individual offer, but if you have indicated ‘Yes’ then I will contact you.