Research project: the Ministry of Information, iconic images and British cultural memory

KCLlogoMy doctoral research project focuses on the British Ministry of Information and the impact of visual materials published during the Second World War on British cultural memory in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The project is titled: ‘Exploring British cultural memory and its relation to iconic images created by the Ministry of Information’.

My research is part of a larger project, the ‘Publishing and Communications History of the Ministry of Information, 1939-45’, which is being undertaken by the Institute of English Studies in collaboration with the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

What is my research about?

This research project aims to reveal whether people recognise and remember images produced by the government during the Second World War and how people think about these images today. Some images from this period are reproduced frequently in popular culture so it is important to understand how individuals respond to these images and what role they serve in British cultural memory.

How to get involved

I am conducting a survey to find out what people think about these images. Please click here to fill in the survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or comments about this research, please email me at katherine.howells@kcl.ac.uk.