Propaganda bestsellers: the role of paperbacks in the Second World War

In anticipation of the 2015 London Rare Book School, this blog post by Dr Henry Irving examines the idea behind the Ministry of Information’s Official War Books series. What gives a book popular appeal? This question was raised repeatedly in the Ministry of Information’s Publications Division during 1941. The way that it was answered led to… Continue reading Propaganda bestsellers: the role of paperbacks in the Second World War

Get your adrenaline rush this weekend: Parkour training at the #Bloomsbury Festival

Looking for something a bit unusual for the weekend? Why not learn some Parkour at the Bloomsbury Festival!  Parkour is an athletic discipline based around free and efficient movement through urban space.  Here’s your chance to learn the basics and see Parkour athletes in training.  Join the School of Advanced Study, University of London for… Continue reading Get your adrenaline rush this weekend: Parkour training at the #Bloomsbury Festival

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: 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?