Last week, colleagues from the Government Digital Service (GDS) came to visit us at The National Archives. As professional folk in the creative, digital comms world it seemed the perfect opportunity to order up some files we have here that may shed some light onto government communications work of the past.
In the main I ordered up documents from the INF series. These are the records from the Central Office of Information (COI). They also include records from other departments and ministries that had previously provided government publicity and public information. The Ministry of Information, from the time of the Second World War, is probably the most well-known of these departments.
We saw some stunning artwork from the INF 3 series, but it was actually a file from the Prime Minister’s office which really caught my eye – PREM 11/1734. In this file, from the 1950s, Winston Churchill is re-issuing a plea he made in 1940 for the ‘need for brevity in communications’. Continue reading »