Propaganda and the art of war

How did the British government encourage people to support the war?

Pupils explore original propaganda posters, photographs and film to compare their effectiveness in conveying powerful messages to a mass audience.

This session can be combined with a visit to the Museum of Richmond, where pupils will work with objects from the Museum’s handling collection, to explore rationing and the role of the ARP. They will also have an opportunity to quiz a local volunteer about what it was like to grow up during the Second World War. Please note that because this is a combined session, a fee is payable to the Museum of Richmond.

This session supports schools focusing on a thematic study in British history (beyond 1066).

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language).

Available as: On site workshop, Combined workshop, Online workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives and The Museum of Richmond

2 hours

Combined Workshop

at The National Archives and The Museum of Richmond

2 + 1.5 hours respectively

Online Workshop

in your classroom

1 hour

Available: All year at The National Archives. Joint session available on 30 April, 14 May and 18 June 2019.

Cost: The National Archives session is free.

Combined session: £2.50 per pupil for LBRuT Schools, £3.50 per student for non-LBRuT schools. The charge for this session should be paid to the Museum of Richmond.

Duration: 2 hour workshop at The National Archives, 1.5 hour workshop at The Museum of Richmond

Suitability: Key stage 2

To book a combined session with the Museum of Richmond, please contact:

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All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162