From the archives: Senate House as The Ministry of Information

“Popular imaginings of the Ministry of Information in an Orwellian styled Ministry of Truth, however, doesn’t tell the real story nor necessarily represents the opinion of people about Senate House as home to war time news and propaganda.” A look to the past for BloomsburyFest 2013 This year’s Bloomsbury Festival takes a look back at… Continue reading From the archives: Senate House as The Ministry of Information

‘For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good’: a conference exhibition

Karen Attar (Senate House Library) For several years now Senate House Library has been supporting conferences hosted by SAS Institute’s wherever possible. Usually this is through small displays of books pertinent to the conference theme, to enhance the experience of conference delegates and demonstrate the relevance of library holdings – especially special collections holdings –… Continue reading ‘For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good’: a conference exhibition

From the archives: The end of the war and the return of academics to Senate House

The continuous day-and-night occupation with no break at week-ends or holiday times, made routine maintenance difficult. This year’s Bloomsbury Festival takes as a theme the idea of subverting the Ministry of Information as a Ministry of Communication.  We talked in detail about this theme in an earlier post (The Ministry of Communication at #BloomsburyFest 2013).… Continue reading From the archives: The end of the war and the return of academics to Senate House

From the archives: First Aid at the Ministry of Information – J. Hunter Dunn’s First Aid Book

Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Furnish’d and burnish’d by Aldershot sun – John Betjeman, A Subaltern’s Love Song In preparation for this year’s Bloomsbury Festival we are exploring various documents in the Senate House Library archives that look at Senate House during its occupation as the Ministry of Information. In our previous… Continue reading From the archives: First Aid at the Ministry of Information – J. Hunter Dunn’s First Aid Book

From the archives: University workers conscripted by Ministry of Information

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It will be seen that the requirements of the Ministry over the last seven years, including six most difficult years under war conditions, have been very exacting, and far beyond those of the University in normal times In preparation for this year’s Bloomsbury Festival (15-20 October 2013) the School of Advanced Study have been searching… Continue reading From the archives: University workers conscripted by Ministry of Information

From the archives: What to do with the libraries?

In our previous post about the Ministry of Information (see here) we noted that the ‘exigencies of war’ alongside the occupation of Senate House by the Ministry caused various problems for the University of London.  One of these was a question over what to do with the libraries.  In the lead up to this year’s… Continue reading From the archives: What to do with the libraries?