We’re celebrating the festive season with a display of Christmas images from one of our most important collections: the Daily Herald Archive.

At Christmas, newspapers traditionally feature lighter and more uplifting stories, often illustrated with fun photographs of Father Christmas hard at work, carols being sung, or children looking longingly into shop windows filled with toys. During wartime, these human-interest stories were an opportunity to raise public spirits and continue with Christmas traditions in challenging circumstances.

To give a real flavour of how the Daily Herald newspaper used these images, they are presented here with the original captions, written at the time of publication.