War, State and Society


Members of the public sheltering in Aldwich Tube Station 1940 -

Following a successful trial the University has purchased a new database, War, State and Society.

War, State and Society provides access to thousands of documents from UK government departments which dealt with the domestic situation in Britain during the Second World War and its aftermath. It provides a uniquely comprehensive insight into the social, economic, political, and cultural affairs of wartime Britain. Highlights include:

Wartime collections of central government

This includes the Home Affairs papers of Churchill’s War Cabinet and Foreign Office policy papers on refugees and internment.

Records of local wartime organizations and surveys

Records from across the U.K., including histories and organizational records of Home Guard units, and recruitment and welfare records of local Women’s Land Army headquarters.

Collections of government propaganda

These include wartime film production documents from the Ministry of Information and Crown Film Unit.

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