This week our Vintage Librarian, Claire Pursglove, has reviewed ‘The Home Front – British Wartime Memorabilia’ , a must-have for anyone interested in WW2 paraphernalia.

11228The Home Front: British Wartime Memorabilia, 1939-1945

Crowood Press, £25 – available from


 For those of you who thought that wartime memorabilia consisted of little more than ration books and national identity cards, this book will be a real eye-opener. The pages are packed with every conceivable item of paraphernalia from buttons and badges, to magazines and mugs. It goes to show just what an industry WWII became, with all the ‘souvenirs’ that sprung from this monumental piece of British history.

The text is very well written and informative, and serves as a brilliant guide to the novice collector or enthusiast. The chapters cover everything from children’s wartime to the now infamous make do and mend, which has seen a resurgence of late. If you’re after a price guide or an insight into rarer items, then this book will fall short, but as an intensive beginner’s guide this is a pretty good place to start.