Keep Calm and Carry On: World War II and the British Home Front, 1938-1951

November 1, 2012 - January 20, 2013

This exhibition explores the impressive gamut of England’s home-front efforts just before, during, and after the war years 1939-1945. While millions of British men and women served in the military overseas, England’s entire creative class mobilized to win the war on the home front. Drawings, posters, photographs, film, furniture, fashion, and more will illustrate how they did so. Included are examples of how designers created fashions and furnishings to save on essential wartime materials, and injected style and beauty into the harsh realities of wartime life, and how graphic artists and filmmakers produced inspirational work that shaped the nation’s behavior and attitudes, convincing the country, as the era’s most famous slogan urged, to “Keep calm and carry on.”  The exhibition is organized into three primary sections: Design for Fashion and Beauty, Design for Shelter and Protection, and Design for Propaganda and Entertainment.


Organized by the Norton Museum of Art
This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf.
Corporate support provided by Wilmington Trust.
With additional support by The Michael M. Rea Endowment for Special Exhibitions.
Media support provided by The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News.