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Britain's Home Front in WWII

Access thousands of documents that allow insight into the social, economic, political and cultural affairs of Britain throughout the Second World War and its aftermath. Sourced from The National Archives and The History of Advertising Trust, and originally created by U.K. governmental departments, this entirely digitized collection will allow students and researchers to explore multiple topics and get a full picture of the impact of modern warfare on civilian life.

Explore a wide range of documents from social surveys to food offences trials, from Propaganda film scripts to wartime advertising. You'll also be able to access maps providing detailed information on each and every air raid that took place during WWII, as well as vocal testimonies from the very top of the government to those of ordinary citizens.

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

Here you can view a full list of events and themes covered, as well as information on the editorial board and how the resource supports learning and librarians.

VIEW SAMPLE DOCUMENTS

After completing this short form you will receive a range of sample documents taken directly from the resource.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

- Gain access to exclusive teaching aids
- Watch our Living Archive mini-series
- How-to guides on using Primary Source Collections

 

"This resource will allow students to delve into the material and draw their own conclusions, rather than relying on partial view or the interpretation of others. The sheer volume of material available here deserves recognition: this is not a partial nor selective view, but rather a comprehensive catalogue of various aspects of British Society during the Second World War."

David Clampin, Liverpool John Moores University.

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