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Contents

This site consists of three resources:

Voices from the Home Front
Oral history interviews documenting the working lives and trade union experiences during the Second World War.

Images & Documents
Documents, photographs and other images illustrate the lives of Home Front Workers and uncover the role of the trade union movement during the Second World War.

Historical Perspectives
Historians specialising in this period have written a series of learning narratives to place in context the images and oral testimony that you will find on this website.


Technology and Processes

This site is driven by EMu, a content management system developed by KE Software (UK) Ltd. Information (or metadata) about each image is recorded on this database and queries posted by the user on the website are sent here to be processed. If a match is found then the digital image and metadata are returned to the screen.

Digitisation work has been carried out by a variety of agencies including the University´s own Media Centre. Two images are created of each photograph or document - a high resolution TIFF file, and a smaller lower resolution JPEG file for delivery on the website. These high resolution files are kept in storage but may be utilised in the future as internet connections become faster.


Help with searching

For searching images throughout the whole site, use the Search box in the top right hand corner of the Home page. The Voices from the Home Front, Images and Documents, and Historical Perspectives can be searched there or on their own pages. Note that search results will be returned in ascending date order by default.

The following operators can be used to aid your search:

Phrase searching. Use double quote marks to narrow down your search, e.g. "coal industry". This will find records where the two words are used together.

~ Stem search. This will find all variations of that word, e.g. ~social will find Socialist and Social Insurance.

@ Sounds Like. This will find words that sound like the one you want. e.g. @Bessant will find all references to Annie Besant.

* Wildcard. This will find words that have any letter or character after the ones you entered. Use this especially for searching dates, e.g. 192* will find all references to the 1920s.

For a more sophisticated search, go to the Advanced Search page.