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  • FIJI, 1944

    FIJI, 1944

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs)

    K 7353

    Some of the 150 members of the Fiji Military Forces Knitting Circle. This is a branch of the Fiji Knitting and Sewing Circle and was formed when members began to teach relatives and friends of men in the armed forces of Fiji to knit socks for the...

  • Jacket, knitted (child’s suit): infant’s, civilian

    Jacket, knitted (child’s suit): infant’s, civilian

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 14409

    simple name

  • ON BOARD THE CRUISER HMS SUFFOLK ON PATROL. 1941.

    ON BOARD THE CRUISER HMS SUFFOLK ON PATROL. 1941.

    part of "ADMIRALTY OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Coote, R G G (Lt)

    A 4204

    The First Lieutenant also has an unusual hobby. As well as knitting his own socks he knits for women at home.

  • Cap, M-1941 Wool Knit: US Army

    Cap, M-1941 Wool Knit: US Army

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 14273

    Knitted cap of olive green wool, featuring a stiffened peak.

  • Bonnet (knitted): Child’s, civilian

    Bonnet (knitted): Child’s, civilian

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 14424

    simple name

  • Balaclava Helmet, knitted khaki wool

    Balaclava Helmet, knitted khaki wool

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 12835

    The balaclava helmet had, like its name suggests, origins back to the Crimean War of 1854-56 and was a practical addition to the soldier's cold weather supplementary clothing.

  • Gloves, knitted: British Army

    Gloves, knitted: British Army

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 12834

    The standard issue gloves of non-commissioned ranks of the British Army (Rifles regiments wore black).

  • THE WORK OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE, LONDON, ENGLAND, 1941

    THE WORK OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE, LONDON, ENGLAND, 1941

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 4034

    Women of the knitting section of the South African Volunteer Service knit in the workroom at South Africa House. Mrs Francis Black is in charge, with Miss Walker, Mrs Gare and Miss Brixly also lending a hand with the knitting needles.

  • sweater

    sweater

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 9806

    Sweater knitted by an officer in Oflag VIIB, made out of wool from unravelled woollen socks.

  • Gloves, knitted: British Army

    Gloves, knitted: British Army

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 13445

    Gloves Pair of knitted gloves made of olive green wool.

  • Prisoner Knitting, Singapore, November 1942

    Prisoner Knitting, Singapore, November 1942

    (art) Made by: Searle, Ronald William Fordham 1942-01-01

    Art.IWM ART 15747 47

    image: A sketch of a Prisoner of War sitting up on his bed and knitting. Some clothes are hanging from a line in the upper left. Ink sketches can be seen through the backing paper on the verso - heads of two children and three Asian women dressed in...

  • A Knitting Party

    A Knitting Party

    (art) Made by: Dunbar, Evelyn Mary 1940

    Art.IWM ART LD 768

    image: A large room with a party of women sitting in chairs and knitting

  • dress, knitted wool, doll's (with matching cap)

    dress, knitted wool, doll's (with matching cap)

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 3889

    Helga Kohn-Wertheimer brought this doll's dress with her when she was evacuated from Austria on a Kindertransport.

  • AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS AT KINGSTON HOUSE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON, ENGLAND, C 1940

    AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS AT KINGSTON HOUSE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON, ENGLAND, C 1940

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 57

    Two female ARP workers read and knit in order to pass the time whilst on duty at their post in London. A third woman, also knitting, is just visible to the right of the photograph.

  • skull cap, knitted

    skull cap, knitted

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 1313

    Woollen hat made and worn during the Second World War by an Italian prisoner of war while working as a gardener.

  • Our Jungle Fighters Want Socks - Please Knit Now

    Our Jungle Fighters Want Socks - Please Knit Now

    (posters) Made by: GAMES, ABRAM (Undefined)

    Art.IWM PST 2978

    whole: the image occupies the majority. the title is separate and positioned across the top edge, in black, and across the bottom edge, in red. The text is separate and placed across the bottom edge, in black. All set against a white background. image: a...

  • AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS, 1940

    AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS, 1940

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR PRESS AGENCY PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    HU 104542

    Female ambulance drivers knit and listen to a wireless while they await a call out to air raid incidents on 2 March 1940.

  • print

    print

    part of "BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE COLLECTION" (photographs)

    Q 36402A

    Native children of the Industrial School at Kanye, Bechuanaland Protectorate, knitting socks for troops overseas.

  • print

    print

    part of "BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE COLLECTION" (photographs)

    Q 36402B

    Native children of the Industrial School at Kanye, Bechuanaland Protectorate, knitting socks for troops overseas.

  • Jersey, Heavy Wool: British

    Jersey, Heavy Wool: British

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 12889

    Jersey Knitted pullover style jersey made of olive-coloured wool.

  • SERVICE OF OF MAJOR JOHN BROWN IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE (SOE) AT STA IX, THE    FRYTHE, WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    SERVICE OF OF MAJOR JOHN BROWN IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE (SOE) AT STA IX, THE FRYTHE, WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "BROWN JOHN (MAJOR)" (photographs)

    HU 56751

    The interior of No 7A wireless factory, Bontex Knitting Mill, Beresford Avenue, Wembley

  • Reinforce Children's Clothes

    Reinforce Children's Clothes

    (posters) Made by: Unknown (Undefined)

    Art.IWM PST 8294

    whole: five separate images are located in the lower three-quarters. The title is separate and positioned in the upper quarter, in red. The text is partially integrated and placed in the upper centre, in black, and in the lower three-quarters, in white,...

  • "CHORES" IN THE SMALL SHIPS. 30 AND 31 MAY 1943, LONDONDERRY.

    "CHORES" IN THE SMALL SHIPS. 30 AND 31 MAY 1943, LONDONDERRY.

    part of "ADMIRALTY OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Oulds, D C (Lt)

    A 17059

    Able Seaman Sidney Blakeson, of Yorkshire, a rating from HMS TAY, a River Class Corvette, embroidering his name on a woollen jersey which he knitted while at sea.

  • "CHORES" IN THE SMALL SHIPS. 30 AND 31 MAY 1943, LONDONDERRY.

    "CHORES" IN THE SMALL SHIPS. 30 AND 31 MAY 1943, LONDONDERRY.

    part of "ADMIRALTY OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Oulds, D C (Lt)

    A 17058

    Able Seaman Sidney Blakeson, of Yorkshire, a rating from HMS TAY, a River Class Corvette, embroidering his name on a woollen jersey which he knitted while at sea.

  • LONDON EVACUEES TO DEVON AND CORNWALL, ENGLAND, 1941

    LONDON EVACUEES TO DEVON AND CORNWALL, ENGLAND, 1941

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 2223

    8 year old Sheila Bacon from Islington in London reads a large book (helped by her mother) at a War Visitors' Club in Penzance in 1941, whilst other ladies look on or knit. Toys and books are provided for children, and the mothers can knit and sew.

  • puppet, Siamese kitten

    puppet, Siamese kitten

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Steiff

    EPH 3918

    Stepanie Kester (née Stephie Carola Leyser) brought this puppet with her when she was evacuated from Austria on one of the Kindertransports in 1939: 'My father, as (were) most people in Chemnitz, was a manufacturer of knitted fabrics. I was very...

  • geometry set

    geometry set

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Optiker Ruhnke, Berlin

    EPH 3919

    Stephanie Kester (née Steffie Carola Leyser) brought this geometry set with her when she was evacuated from Austria to the United Kingdom on one of the Kindertransports in 1939: 'This geometry set belonged to my father, I brought it to England...

  • suitcase, leather

    suitcase, leather

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 3920

    Stephanie Kester (née Steffie Carola Leyser) brought this small leather suitcase with her when she was evacuated from Austria to the United Kingdom on one of the Kindertransports in 1939: 'This little suitcase 12 ins x 8 ins was given by my...

  • prayer book cover

    prayer book cover

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 3921

    Stephanie Kester (née Steffie Carola Leyser) brought this Chinese silk prayer book cover with her when she was evacuated from Austria to the United Kingdom on one of the Kindertransports in 1939. The cover was formerly her grandmother's (Laura...

  • wallet, leather

    wallet, leather

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 3917

    Stephanie Kester (née Steffie Carola Leyser) brought this wallet with her when she was evacuated from Austria to the United Kingdom on one of the Kindertransports in 1939: 'This wallet belonged to my father, and perhaps even before that to my...

  • Smock Denison, Airborne troops

    Smock Denison, Airborne troops

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 13166

    Second World War period British Airborne Forces camouflage smock. The Denison smock, used primarily by Airborne Forces, was designed by Major Denison and intended to be worn over the standard uniform battledress for training and operational service from...

  • Knitted ATS Doll

    Knitted ATS Doll

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 2877

    Doll and knitting patterns.

  • How to Darn Holes and Tears...

    How to Darn Holes and Tears...

    (posters) Made by: Unknown (Undefined)

    Art.IWM PST 8031

    whole: the thirteen images are positioned across the majority, with the seven lower images partially held within a red border. The title is separate and positioned along the top edge left and top edge centre, in white. The text is partially integrated...

  • MRS MIRIA WOODBINE POMARE

    MRS MIRIA WOODBINE POMARE

    part of "print" (photographs)

    WWC D8-5-564

    Mrs Miria Woodbine Pomare OBE.

  • Make Do and Mend

    Make Do and Mend

    (posters) Made by: Unknown (Undefined)

    Art.IWM PST 14924

    whole: the image is positioned in the lower four-fifths. The title is partially integrated and placed in the upper quarter, in red. A blank, white text inset is located in the lower right. All set against a yellow and white background. image: a full-...

  • Make-Do and Mend - Sewing Class

    Make-Do and Mend - Sewing Class

    (posters) Made by: Unknown (Undefined)

    Art.IWM PST 14903

    whole: the image is positioned in the right quarter. The title is separate and placed in the left three-quarters, in black. The text is integrated and located in the centre right, in black, held within a white inset and narrow black border. The Board of...

  • bag, handmade, decorated, internee

    bag, handmade, decorated, internee

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 64

    Hand-made knitting bag embroidered during the Second World War by unknown German female internees held in the Port Erin W Camp and Y Camp (civilian internment camps), Isle of Man. Civilians of German, Austrian and (later) Italian extraction were interned...

  • GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR 1945

    GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR 1945

    part of "WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit

    BU 9300

    German female prisoners of war knitting in a camp for SS, Luftwaffe and civilian women prisoners at Vilvoorde on the outskirts of Brussels.

  • Rag doll

    Rag doll

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 4081

    doll Rag doll, with blue dress and knitted blue booties

  • hat, woollen, British

    hat, woollen, British

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Jaeger

    EPH 535

    A knitted woollen hat which converts into a balaclava helmet.

  • Socks, khaki (long): British

    Socks, khaki (long): British

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 12892

    Second World War period British Army issue socks.

  • ear muffs, fur lined, civilian made

    ear muffs, fur lined, civilian made

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 8785

    ear muffs round felt ear pieces lined with fur, joined by brown knitted wool bands

  • THE MEDICAL SERVICES ON THE HOME FRONT, 1914-1918

    THE MEDICAL SERVICES ON THE HOME FRONT, 1914-1918

    (photographs) Made by: Press Agency photographer

    Q 54079

    A convalescent soldier knitting a scarf while recovering from his injury.

  • THE BRITISH INDIAN ARMY ON THE HOME FRONT, 1914-1918

    THE BRITISH INDIAN ARMY ON THE HOME FRONT, 1914-1918

    part of "INDIAN OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Indian Army official photographer

    Q 52631

    Disabled Indian soldiers knitting socks for the troops abroad at the Queen Mary's Technical School.

  • waistcoat made from recovered wool

    waistcoat made from recovered wool

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 4564

    A crudely knitted woolen vest, made during the last winter of the Second World War, came to the Museum with the following information : 'In November 1944 as F/Lt. Adrian Davies RAFVR I was flying a Typhoon with 263 Squadron 2nd Tactical Air Force...

  • THE BRITISH HOME FRONT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    THE BRITISH HOME FRONT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information official photographer

    D 22548

    A disabled British factory worker, Mrs A Charles of Oldham at work. Mrs Charles had been disabled all her life, having been born without her left hand and arm up to three inches below the elbow. Nevertheless she had worked in a Lancashire textile...

  • UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES (USAAF) IN BRITAIN, 1942-1945

    UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES (USAAF) IN BRITAIN, 1942-1945

    part of "FREEMAN ROGER (MR) COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: USSTAF photographer

    FRE 9885

    A gunner of the 8th Air Force wearing combat headgear. Printed caption on reverse: 'US FLYING FORTRESS GUNNER DISPLAYS BATTLE DRESS. A B-17 Flying Fortress gunner of the Eighth US Air Force is shown wearing combat headgear with oxygen mask and...

  • STICKY BOMB: THE PRODUCTION OF THE No 74 GRENADE IN BRITAIN, 1943

    STICKY BOMB: THE PRODUCTION OF THE No 74 GRENADE IN BRITAIN, 1943

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 14762

    A close-up view showing knitted woollen jackets being fitted the glass flasks of sticky bombs at a factory workshop, somewhere in Britain. The jackets are fastened by means of a drawstring around the neck of the flask. The woollen jackets will soon be...

  • SOLDIER'S SON: PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH IN WARTIME, BRISTOL, ENGLAND, 1942

    SOLDIER'S SON: PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH IN WARTIME, BRISTOL, ENGLAND, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 10440

    Irene Stacey (left) knits in preparation for the birth of her first child. Her mother, Mrs Sarah Emily Matilda Jones, holds up a garment she has been working on for her new grandchild. They are in their home at 124 Bloy Street, Easton, Bristol.

  • LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 173

    Home Front: Two off-duty women ambulance drivers relax with a magazine and knitting in their mess room at Kingston House, Kennington, London.

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