Content note: this blog contains graphic illustrations of injury and death
Following the success of our ‘Behind the Scenes’ repository tours we are currently running tours based on specific themes: this month’s was ‘Art in the Archives’. Here are some of the original documents we selected to show to the tour group…
A visual war
The INF 3 series consists of original artworks produced for the Ministry of Information for publicity and propaganda during the Second World War. There are over 1800 original artworks in the series, which vary greatly in size and media.
The works were intended for use in all sorts of wartime campaigns including recruitment drives, encouraging food production and saving of useful materials, health and safety matters and discouraging careless talk.
The better-known of these works encouraged the public with well known phrases such as ‘Dig for Victory’, ‘Make Do and Mend’ and the now ubiquitous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. Continue reading »