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11th July 2019 - 'Mass observing the atom bomb' - at The National Archives, London

In August 1945 Mass Observation asked its panel of volunteer writers to ‘describe in detail your own feelings and views about the atom bomb, and those of the people you meet.’

In this talk, Prof Clare Langhamer (Trustee of the Mass Observation Archive) uses the responses gathered to explore the emotional politics of ‘nuclearity’ in the immediate aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Examining how the atom bomb had a profound impact upon British people’s understandings of the past, the present and the political future, Langhamer explores how the responses of ordinary people helped to shape a messy and contradictory popular nuclear culture, within which feeling operated as a way of knowing, and intervening in, the world.

This is event is organised and held at The National Archives, London. For more information and to book, click here


Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed at The National Archives, 4 April – 9 November

Material from the Mass Observation Archive is on display at the National Archives as part of their Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed in The Keeper's Gallery until the end of November 2019, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. More details can be found here

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