Keep Calm and Carry On Exhibition (Textiles)

If the latest traveling exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center feels a bit different than others, that’s by design. Design, in fact, is an operative word for “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain” – design of period clothing, beautifully-stitched patriotic scarves, home furnishings and more. […]

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 […]

Why Work? Dorothy Sayers

Can you remember – it is already getting difficult to remember – what things were like before the war? The stockings we bought cheap and threw away to save the trouble of mending? The cars we scrapped every year to keep up with the latest fashion in engine design and streamlining? The bread and bones […]

The Second World War, Popular Culture and Cultural Memory (Call for Papers)

13 July 2011 – 15 July 2011 Few historical events have resonated as fully in modern British popular culture as the Second World War. It has left a rich legacy in a range of media that continue to attract a wide audience: film, TV and radio, photography and the visual arts, journalism & propaganda, architecture, […]

What could @HeathrowAirport learn from the Blitz?

The image below looks rather familiar from all the images at Heathrow Airport over the last few days (thankfully I was able to get home, and not get stuck there).  The story has just run on BBC London News, investigating Christmas 1940 down the Tube. Initially customers had to break down barriers as officials weren’t […]