Coughs and Sneezes

November 9th, 2010 | Comments Off
by Jesse, IWM Web Team

A 1943 British Ministry of Information newsreel trailer encouraging people to use a handkerchief to stop the spread of diseases. IWM NPB 13328.

Waist not Waste

May 21st, 2010 | Comments Off
by Jesse, IWM Web Team

Between March 1942 and November 1946, more than 200 Ministry of Food short ‘Food Flash’ films were shown in British cinemas, each one with an estimated audience of 20 million. This one, from May 1943, emphasises the importance of not wasting food during wartime.

Food Flash: Go Easy with Bread

April 30th, 2010 | 7 Comments
by Diana, IWM Marketing Team

In 1939 over 60% of Britain’s food was imported, much of it from Canada and the USA, and once war was declared it became vital to increase domestic food production. Britain’s merchant ships – which were needed to transport vital war materials, weapons, munitions and troops – were constantly at risk of attack by German U-boats. Potatoes were relatively easy for people to grow themselves, and took up less space than wheat to grow commercially, so the public were encouraged to ‘Go easy with bread – eat potatoes instead’. The Ministry of Food’s Food Flashes series included a good few short films on this theme, including this one that is pure 1940s bossiness and brisk common sense!

Don’t forget, you can find out more about digging for victory at the forthcoming series of events: In the Company of Cooks. On 12 June Sophie Grigson and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall will show you how to make the most of your own produce in an exclusive talk at Imperial War Museum London. Get your tickets now!

Food Flash: Potatoes

February 26th, 2010 | 1 Comment
by Jesse, IWM Web Team

A Ministry of Food ‘Food Flash’ on potatoes. An energy-rich food, potatoes were easy to grow in the British climate, cheap to buy and provided valuable vitamin C in the absence of summer fruit.  Here’s spud in your eye!

Opening Night

February 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments
by Diana, IWM Marketing Team
The Ministry of Food is now open!  Gardening expert, Monty Don formally opened the exhibition at a fantastic evening event, courtesy of the exhibition sponsors, Company of Cooks. We caught up with Monty Don and a few other familiar faces to get their thoughts on the exhibition…