Resources on the site
The site includes a wide range of primary and secondary sources
There are over 100 photographs spread throughout the site, all illuminating aspects of life in London or the lives of Londoners during the Second World War. Some of the photographs are famous in their own right. For example, most of the photographs in the Shelters section were taken by Bill Brandt, one of the leading photographers of the 20th century.
There are also four photo-journalistic stories in the form of a collection of photographs around a single theme or event. These are:
The government employed a number of artists during the war to record their impressions and experiences of the war. Many of their paintings can be found in galleries and museums throughout the United Kingdom. Unfortunately most of their work remained behind in the Imperial War Museum, stored and unseen, until the internet gave the Museum the opportunity to show a wider selection of its war art to a wider public. This site includes some of the Museum's digitised images of some war artists' work where it has particular relevance to the history of London.
The Ministry of Information launched many vigorous campaigns to warn people of the dangers ahead, to prepare them for the realities of life during the Second World War or to recruit them into an aspect of the war effort, as an auxiliary fire fighter or a member of the Land Army. This site includes a selection of these posters where they add to the information found in other sources.
Diaries, personal reflections and local newsletters
There are three large primary text sources on the site, written by Londoners during or about the war. These are:
Each of the sections and topics also has supporting text, setting the scene and explaining in greater detail the historical significance of these resources. Collectively the site gives a unique and extensive insight into the history of London