At War With Wikipedia!

The National Archives struck a deal with Wikipedia this week enabling the online publication of hundreds of war-time propaganda artworks, including many previously unpublished and draft works.

Made possible by a digitisation grant from Wikimedia UK, the collection has been made freely available to the Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons. It includes posters, paintings, drawings, cartoons and portraits produced as propaganda for the Ministry of Information during World War 2, and should prove fascinating viewing for artists, designers and students of the history of the period. 350 pieces of work have been made available inititially but there are plans to digitise the entire collection of nearly 2,000 images.

The Library has a range of books about war time propaganda, its imagery and effect, plus you can find out a lot more about the subject through databases such as Art Full Text and Sociological Abstracts.

To view the collection, visit the Wikimedia Commons page here:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:War_art_in_The_National_Archives_(United_Kingdom)

Painting by Pat Keely, copyright the National Archives, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons.