Wellington House and the Department of Information

Wellington House and the Department of Information

The War Propaganda Bureau, more usually referred to as Wellington House (http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-the-british-government-sponsored-the-arts-in-the-first-world-war) was a secret British government propaganda department. On 2 September 1914, Charles Masterman MP, head of Wellington House, held a meeting with famous authors and poets to explain the role of the Bureau, encourage them to support the war effort and to work for the Bureau. All who attended agreed to keep the conversation and the existance of the Bureau confidential. In 1917, Wellington House merged with the newly-established Department of Information run by John Buchan. They recruited and sponsored artists to produce eyewitness images to encourage patriotism and also to illustrate propaganda publications. In 1918, the Department became the Ministry of Information. In February 1918, Lord Beaverbrook was appointed Minister of Information, with responsibility for propaganda in allied and neutral countries. Lord Northcliffe became Director of Propaganda with responsibility for propaganda in enemy countries.

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  • British Army Director Wellngton House

    British Army Assistant Director Department of Information

    British Army Assistant Director Ministry of Information

  • Profile picture for W David Muirhead Bone

    Born 1876

    Died 1953

    British Army Second Lieutenant Lincolnshire Regiment

    British Army Captain Lincolnshire Regiment 3rd Battalion

    British Army Lieutenant Lincolnshire Regt.

  • Profile picture for John Lavery

    Born 1856

    Died 1941

    Other Empire Force Artist

  • Born 1880

    Died 1958

    Other Empire Force Ministry of Information, Wellington House

  • Profile picture for William Rothenstein

    Born 1872

    Died 1945

    Other Empire Force War Artist

  • Profile picture for Augustus Edwin John

    Born 1878

    Died 1961

    Canadian Expeditionary Force War Artist

  • Profile picture for Charles Bruce Bairnsfather

    Born 1887

    Died 1959

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Battalion

    British Army Captain Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Battalion

    British Army Captain Intelligence Department

  • British Army Captain Recruiting Officer Ministry of Information

  • Profile picture for John Buchan

    Born 1875

    Died 1940

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Intelligence Corps

  • Profile picture for William Newenham Montague Orpen

    Born 1878

    Died 1931

    British Army Second Lieutenant Army Service Corps

    British Army Major

  • Profile picture for Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, First Viscount Northcliffe

    Born 1865

    Died 1922

    Other Empire Force Director of Propaganda

  • Profile picture for Eric Henri Kennington

    Born 1888

    Died 1960

    British Army 1799 Private London Regiment 13th Battalion (Kensington Battalion)

  • Profile picture for Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

    Born 1889

    Died 1946

    British Army British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem

    British Army 1753 Royal Army Medical Corps 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth

  • Profile picture for William Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook

    Born 1879

    Died 1964

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Canadian War Records Office

  • Profile picture for Percy Wyndham Lewis

    Born 1883

    Died 1957

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Artillery

  • Profile picture for Paul Nash

    Born 1889

    Died 1946

    British Army Second Lieutenant Hampshire Regiment

    British Army 2655 Private London Regiment