Monday 12th May 2014
Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation?
In 1937 Mass Observation called for people from all parts of the UK to record everything they did from when they woke up in the morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May. This was the day of George VI’s Coronation. The resulting diaries provide a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of people across Britain, and have become an invaluable resource for those researching countless aspects of the era.
The Mass Observation Archive is repeating this call on 12th May 2014. The resulting diaries will be stored in the Archive alongside the 1937 documents. May 12th 2014 is likely to be quite an ordinary day, but for those researching, the ‘ordinary’ can often provide extraordinary results. Therefore, we would be very grateful if you could document your May 12th 2014 for the future.
Write as much as you can about what you do, who you meet, what you talk about, what you eat and drink, what you buy or sell, what you are working on, the places you visit, the people you meet, the things you read, see and hear around you and of course what you yourself think.
How to take part:
- Diaries should be in electronic form - emails or as email attachments (as word documents or pdfs, preferably)
- You should include a brief self portrait: your age, where you live, your relationship status, your present job or occupation if you are working and any other information that you think is important to record.
- If 12th May was a typical day for you please say so. If not, please say why it wasn’t. Any reflections on the day and on how you felt while keeping the diary are welcome.
- So that we can add your diary to the rest of the Archive for the future, please include the statement below at the end of your diary. If you don’t attach this statement, we won’t be able to keep your diary or make it part of the Archive.
Please submit your responses by email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can't thank you personally for your diary but keep an eye on our website for news of the project. An online exhibition with some of the diaries sent in as part of the 12th May 2010 diary call can be seen here.
We would also welcome diaries from school children, community groups, or other organisations. Please get in touch if you could like to discuss how your group can take part.