Writing this series has been a remarkable experience. I thought I knew the Postscripts well, but exploring them in this way has revealed so much more, which I have been delighted to share with readers.
Working to the weekly deadline, which clashed with other deadlines and commitments, has given me greater respect for Priestley’s achievement in creating such simple, sincere, well-pitched pieces under pressure.
I feel as if I have experienced events alongside Priestley and the British people and understand better how they unfolded. So much happened in such a short time. My immersion in 1940 was greatly helped by other archives and museums sharing their collections in real time via social media e.g. the Imperial War Museum Duxford and the National Archives War Cabinet Papers.
The series has been viewed by several hundred people already, and will be maintained online indefinitely for others to enjoy. Please comment, or contact me directly, if you have any feedback. I will continue adding to the series: I have several pieces in mind already.
Want to know more? I’ve sent a more detailed, scholarly version of this post to the J.B. Priestley Society Journal. I also write about the project for a professional audience on my personal blog, Collections in a Cold Climate.