Imperial War Museum releases rare colour photos of Blitzed Britain

The photographs are part of the Ministry of Information Second World War colour transparency collection. Their release coincides with the Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits exhibition, of which they were used as research, and runs until 10 April 2016 at IWM North, marking 75 years since the Blitz during the Second World War.

Auxiliary Territorial Service: Two ATS girls operate a mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night. TR 464. Copyright Imperial War Museum
View of St Paul's Cathedral and the bomb damaged areas surrounding it in London. TR 1693. Copyright Imperial War Museum
A Civil Defence Warden inspects bomb damaged buildings in Holborn, London. TR 1928. Copyright Imperial War Museum
The bombed site of John Lewis, Oxford Street, London, which was used for the Army Exhibition. TR 1147. Copyright Imperial War Museum
The Prime Minister, the RT Hon Winston Churchill, with his chiefs of staff in the garden of No 10 Downing Street, London, 7 may 1945. Left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal; Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke; Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister; and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. TR 2858. Copyright Imperial War Museum
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London with barrage balloons in the background, seen from Westminster Bridge (on which a sentry, military vehicles and a tram can be seen). TR 1114. Copyright Imperial War Museum
The auxiliary territorial service at an anti-aircraft gun site in Britain, December 1942. A battery of 3.7 inch anti-aircraft guns firing at night. TR 470
Lunchtime entertainment in a war workers' canteen - a view of the audience. TR 968. Copyright Imperial War Museum
A London District Messenger Boy walking past a bomb site in London. TR 1947. Copyright Imperial War Museum