Propaganda and the art of war

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

What to expect in the onsite workshop:

In the onsite workshop students will analyse photographs, posters and a film commissioned by the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. They will evaluate how effective these would have been in convincing ordinary Britons to contribute to the war effort on the Home Front.

The two-hour workshop is led by an experienced history educator in an inspiring learning space at The National Archives in Kew. Students will have the opportunity to view numerous documents up close, including the original artwork for well-known propaganda posters, many of which were widely used and reproduced.

 

What to expect in the online workshop:

In the online workshop in your classroom students will analyse photographs, posters and a film commissioned by the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. They will evaluate how effective these would have been in convincing ordinary Britons to contribute to the war effort on the Home Front.

The one-hour online session in your classroom is led by an experienced history educator, you only need a microphone, large screen and webcam to take part. Interactive activities encourage students to discuss their ideas and work in groups using high-quality materials provided in advance by the Education team.

 

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:

Workshop

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: learning@museumofrichmond.com

Request a booking

Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162

Email: education@nationalarchives.gov.uk