Neville Chamberlain – The Pacifist PM

Day 21 of Colourisation Project – May 28th

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

On this day in 1937, Neville Chamberlain became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and served until May 1940.  He was born in Birmingham, where he began his public career in 1915 as its lord mayor. He entered Parliament in 1918. He served as Minister of Health (1923) and in Baldwin’s government from (1924-29). He was Chancellor of the Exchequer (1931-37) and followed Baldwin as prime minister in 1937.

Neville Chamberlain

Photo By Bassano Ltd Neville Chamberlain 1936 Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Chamberlain, a pacifist at heart is best known for having led his country into the Second World War.  Some of his early efforts focused on improving the lives and conditions of workers. The Factories Act of 1937 restricted the number of hours that children and women worked and his Holiday with Pay Act, gave workers a week off with pay. However,  his policy of “appeasement” toward Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany won him few friends and less support in Government.

In 1940 he resigned and died 6 months later of cancer. He was succeeded by Winston Churchill.


“How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing!”   –Neville Chamberlain

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