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Information at War: The Ministry of Information 1936-1946

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The Ministry of Information (MoI) was established by a government which recognised that the understanding and morale of the civilian population in the UK – and elsewhere – was critical to a successful outcome. To this end the Ministry used every form of communication available to it, including newspapers, comics, radio, films, even model aeroplane kits. Join Professor Simon Eliot as he explores the difficult early years of the Ministry of Information and its bid to win public confidence.

Simon Eliot is Professor Emeritus of the History of the Book, University of London. He has published on quantitative book history, publishing history, history of lighting, library history, and the history of reading. He was General Editor of the four-volume History of Oxford University Press (2013-17); and recently directed a large-scale project on the communication history of the Ministry of Information.


This talk is part of the Summer Lecture Series exploring the theme 'State and Society: Cultures of Communication', which is generously sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives. This year, the summer lecture series intersects with The National Archives’ research priorities on openness, access and use, and people, place and rule.

Each of the talks draws upon The National Archives’ rich collections and provides an opportunity to see the documents behind the research.

Our café remains open to the public when there are evening events taking place, serving a range of speciality coffees and teas, cakes, pastries, snacks, sandwiches, beer and wine.


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6.30pm: Talk

7.15pm: Q&A

7.30pm: Document display


Discover the other talks in the Summer Lecture Series


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