Recently, we researched the life of Lord Kitchener who was a very important figure in our country during World War I. Lord Kitchener was a highly decorated officer in the Army, having fought in many battles and he had been promoted many times throughout his career. When war broke out, the Prime Minister, Henry Asquith, was quick to make Kitchener Secretary of State for War.
During our research, we learned that unlike other countries at this time, our soldiers were all volunteers so Kitchener devised a massive poster campaign to get the people of Great Britain to sign up and join the war effort. 12 million posters were published in one year alone, each of them using different techniques to get men to join up. Some used fear of enemy invasions, others used the idea of patriotism, some made the war seem like an adventure and others played on the idea of guilt if you didn’t join up.
Check out our Year Group Gallery for some close up shots of our finished poster designs.