Measuring Morale in Second World War Leeds.
The final talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series.
Presented by Dr Henry Irving.
Morale was one of the most significant concepts of the Second World War. It was understood by the British government to involve feelings of confidence – and a willingness to maintain the war effort. Those responsible for civilian morale believe that it would determine the outcome of the war. They feared that poor morale could undermine social cohesion, but hoped that good morale would lead to victory. This talk uses examples from wartime Leeds to explain why morale was ‘ultimately measured not by what a person thinks or says, but what he does and how he does it’ (Home Intelligence, Oct. 1941).
The talk was filmed by Tomaso Aramini, a student from the Northern Film School.
This event is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series, presented by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. Leeds Cultural Conversations are a series of monthly talks programmed by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. For more information on the series please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/LCC.