Defence of the Realm

Notice forbidding photography under Defence of the Realm Act  SHC ref CC98/23/2

Notice forbidding photography under Defence of the Realm Act
SHC ref CC98/23/2

Within days of the declaration of war the Defence of the Realm Act (or DORA) was passed, ‘for securing public safety’. Initially it was quite a short declaration – to prevent people communicating with the enemy or obtaining information that could jeopardise the operation of the armed forces and also to secure the means of communication and to protect railways, docks and harbours. However the original Act was greatly extended during the war, to cover such matters as press censorship, licensing hours and air raid counter-measures and also giving the Government the power to commandeer resources and punish those who breached the Act.

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