Postdoctoral Fellowship on the MoI Project


Applications are invited for a research assistantship, which will be part of a major research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The post is available from 2 January 2014 for a fixed term until 31 December 2017.

The Project: ‘Make Do and Mend’ – A Publishing and Communications History of the Ministry of Information (MOI), 1939-45

The AHRC research grant will support a four-year project based at the Institute of English Studies, a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The project will be led by Professor Simon Eliot of the Institute of English Studies as principal investigator, with Paul Vetch of the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London as co-principal investigator. ‘Make Do and Mend’ is in partnership with the National Archives at Kew, and will work closely with the Imperial War Museum, the Mass Observation Archives at Sussex University, and with the BBC archives at Caversham.

The ground-breaking project aims to address a glaring gap in the history of 20th century Britain. Despite its immortalisation as ‘The Ministry of Truth’ by George Orwell in his novel 1984 and its important role as the public information authority and publicity agent of the British government during the Second World War, relatively little scholarly research has been done on the Ministry of Information.

The project will address some of the historical and cultural problems raised by the MOI by using the discipline of publishing history which, for the first time, will be applied systematically to government institutions.

The Project will pursue the following main objectives:
•To explore the MOI as a Publishing Enterprise from 1939 to 1945.
•To investigate the MOI as a Communications Network.
•To study the MOI as a social, political, and cultural institution by assessing its impact on the broader contexts in which it operated.

The project will analyse an extensive array of primary resources and plans to interview as many as possible of those whose lives and opinions were in some way affected by the Ministry’s output. Much of the material collected will be made publicly available in the form of a virtual museum and archive. A public exhibition is also planned.

Further information regarding the Make Do and Mend Project can be found here:

Further Information:

To apply for this post, please click on the Apply button below. Please submit a full CV and a cover letter before the closing date on Sunday, 24 November 2013.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 2nd December 2013.

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