Reference HO 199/436
Title Ministry of Information reports dated 27 Feb to 11 Sept 1940: comments and queries
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/15/2
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Air raid shelters, Psychological impacts, Rumours and gossip
Document Types Memoranda, Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Banbury, Belfast, Berkshire, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Broadstairs, Bromley, Buckinghamshire, Cambridge, Cardiff, Channel Islands, Cirencester, Didcot, Dorking, Edinburgh, Egypt, Finland, France, High Wycombe, Leeds, London, Manchester, Margate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford, Poole, Portsmouth, Ramsgate, Reading, Scarborough, Southampton, Surrey, Tunbridge Wells
Organisations British Army, British Broadcasting Corporation, Citizens Advice Bureau, Civil Defence Committee, Home Guard, Ministry of Information, National Unemployment Workers Association, Peace Pledge Union, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy


A file containing documents relating to surveys of public opinion and morale in Britain, consisting primarily of daily reports outlining the general public feeling, with specifics from each Civil Defence Region. Topics discussed in the daily reports include the news outlets used by the public; opinions on government policy; reactions to speeches by ministers; public opinion on major events of the war such as the Fall of France; and the activities of the King and Queen. Other topics covered include rumours of German invasion; opinions on air raids and civil defence measures; and conditions in air-raid shelters. The file also includes associated official correspondence asking for further details on the reports; a report on reactions to air raids; a Ministry of Information regional newsletter; and an extract from the minutes of a meeting of the Civil Defence Committee regarding the termination of the daily reports.


air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid warnings, aliens, animal feed, anti-aircraft defences, bacon, barrage balloons, Belgian nationals, blackout, British Dominions, butter, civil defence, civilian casualties, communal feeding, Communism, conscientious objectors, dairy, departmental responsibilities, evacuation, factories, Fascism, food supplies, fuel, gas, gas masks, George VI, industrial action, industry, intelligence, Italian entry into the war, Italian nationals, Labour Party, London Underground, Lord Haw-Haw, meat, military billeting, munitions industry, Neville Chamberlain, newspapers, occupation of France, overseas evacuation, pacifism, pork, propaganda, public morale, public opinion, Queen Elizabeth, radio broadcasts, rationing, refugees, roads, royalty, rumours, safety, social class, speed limit, statistics, students, sugar, threat of invasion, unemployment, universities, volunteers

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