Teaching Resources

War, State and Society provides a range of enhanced research tools, intended to facilitate detailed investigations of wartime life through government records. Users can:

  • Conduct full-text searches of all typescript content across the resource and within the image viewer.
  • Sort, filter, and search the collections through a wide array of bespoke metadata.
  • Browse the collections through related and popular searches.
  • Save searches and documents using the My Archive feature.
  • Generate additional keywords for each file.

For students and researchers approaching these collections for the first time, the resource also provides a variety of pathways through which to begin exploring. Users can:

  • Begin browsing the collection by subject through an extensive range of thematic links.
  • Explore a selection of highlights and stories from within the collection through our Voices Map.
  • Browse the collections of wartime propaganda through our Advertising Gallery.
  • Download a full glossary of locations, organisations, and keywords to inspire new searches and research topics.

In addition, teachers and students are invited to explore a range of downloadable resources and teaching packs through which to discover, analyse, and discuss the various government collections:

Primary Source Reading Lists
Document Based Essay Question - The Blitz and Civilian Morale
Seminar Topic - The People's War

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