Mass Observation Online (Trial)
This trial will end on 19 December 2011
Mass Observation online : British social history, 1937-1972, from the University of Sussex offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era.
This online archive contains original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The social research organisation, Mass Observation, was founded in 1937 by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, film-maker Humphrey Jennings and poet Charles Madge. Their aim was to create an ‘anthropology of ourselves’, and by recruiting a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers, they studied the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. This resource covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried from 1937 until the mid 1950s.
The project opens up revolutionary access to the archive and offers:
- A complete set of the File Reports, 1937-1972, with full text searching ability
- Access to all of the Day Surveys, Directives and Diaries, 1937-1945
- Topic Collections covering: Famous Persons; Household Budgeting; Juvenile Delinquency; Korea; Peace & the Public; Radio Listening; World Outlook; Film; Reading Habits; Dreams; Religion; Victory Celebrations; Capital Punishment; Posters; Smoking Habits; Drinking Habits; Gambling; and the September 1946 exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum “Britain Can Make It”.
- The ‘Worktown Collection’
- Nine contextual essays by leading scholars describing the archive and suggesting research and teaching strategies
- Photographs by Humphrey Spender, interactive maps, and much valuable supporting material
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