Ministry of Information

Scope and Content

Newspaper cuttings, Ministry of Information bulletins and notes on social conditions in Great Britain in war time, collected by the London Region of the Ministry of Information.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1917 the Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863-1945) set up a Ministry of Information. The newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook (1879-1964) was put in overall charge of the organisation as Minister of Information. Other appointments included the Managing Director of United Newspapers Ltd, Robert Donald (1860-1933), who became Director of Propaganda in Neutral Countries) and Lord Northcliffe, (1865-1922), another newspaper magnate, who became Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries. The Ministry evolved from Lloyd George's decision in December 1916 to invite Donald to write a report on the effectiveness of the secret War Propaganda Bureau. As result of Donald's recommendations, the government established a Department of Information, which in turn became the Ministry of Information.

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Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

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