Digital archive of Mass Observation, a social research organisation that recorded life in Britain, 1937-1967.
Mass Observation was a pioneering social research organisation whose papers provide insights into the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1972. The material at the Mass Observation Archive, and now in Mass Observation Online, offers an unparalled insight into everyday life during the mid-20th Century. This publication opens up a host of essay and project possibilities on topics such as abortion, old age, crime, eating habits, shopping, fashion, dance, popular music, sex, sport, reading, ethnic minorities, and the decline of Empire. This digital project is a multi-facteted resource, offering integrated access to the new online material, existing microfilm series, and the Mass-Observation Archive itself, allowing the user options to search across the entire Archive or by material type. Topic collections include gambling, household matters, reading habits, world outlook, and many more. Materials include diaries, contextual essays, day surveys, file reports and photographs.