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The Diaries and Letters of Lord Woolton 1940-1945

Michael Kandiah and Judith Rowbotham


The first academic study of Lord Woolton’s important wartime role, first as Minister of Food and subsequently as Minister of Reconstruction. Woolton’s Diaries and correspondence (including with Churchill) provide key insights into how the Ministry of Food continued to operate substantially undisturbed by bombing raids, because of its relocation to Colwyn Bay while Woolton maintained the propaganda machinery for the Ministry in London. This enables a fuller understanding of the political dimensions to decisions on rationing, and the constant challenges facing the Ministry. It reveals Woolton’s ... More

Keywords: Woolton, Diaries and Letters, Food rationing, Reconstruction, Churchill, Newspaper reportage, British government, Government policymaking, World War Two

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266847
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Kandiah, editor
Lecturer in Contemporary British History & Director of OHP, King's College London

Judith Rowbotham, editor
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Plymouth