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Primary Case
 

Primary outreach case

Bring the Mass Observation Archive to life in your classroom with our resource case

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secondary case
 

Secondary outreach case

Bring the Mass Observation Archive to life in your classroom with our resource case

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being a mass observer
 

Being a Mass Observer

Learning session for Primary schools exploring Mass Observation

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being a researcher
 

Being a researcher

Learning session for Secondary schools discovering Mass Observation's research

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Diaries

Learning sessions for Primary and Secondary schools on the theme of Diaries

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The Second World War

Learning sessions for Primary and Secondary schools on the theme of the Second Word War.

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GCSE English Language

Find out how MOA can support GCSE English Language

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GCSE History

Find out how MOA can support GCSE History

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Learning resources

 
Primary Case
 

Primary outreach case

Bring the Mass Observation Archive to life in your classroom with our resource case

Read More
secondary case
 

Secondary outreach case

Bring the Mass Observation Archive to life in your classroom with our resource case

Read More
being a mass observer
 

Being a Mass Observer

Learning session for Primary schools exploring Mass Observation

Read More
being a researcher
 

Being a researcher

Learning session for Secondary schools discovering Mass Observation's research

Read More
diary menu
 

Diaries

Learning sessions for Primary and Secondary schools on the theme of Diaries

Read More
ww2 menu
 

The Second World War

Learning sessions for Primary and Secondary schools on the theme of the Second Word War.

Read More
nella last diaries 1945 1951 1961 010 300DPI
 

GCSE English Language

Find out how MOA can support GCSE English Language

Read More
Labour Pamphlet for website
 

GCSE History

Find out how MOA can support GSCE History

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Primary

We offer sessions for Primary schools from Key Stage two and upwards.

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Secondary

Mass Observation is perfect for enriching the learning that goes on in school.

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Higher education

The Mass Observation Archive supports a wide range of academic disciplines for teaching and research within the University of Sussex and other institutions.

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Community

Mass Observation really welcomes visits from groups in the wider community.

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Special projects

The Mass Observation Archive develops special projects with schools and wider community groups

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Learning resources

Mass Observation has new teaching and learning resources created as part of the Mass Education project

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Primary

Childs handwritten diary with colourful picture of flowers, butterflies and sunWe offer sessions for Primary schools from Key Stage two upwards. The diverse nature of our archive materials means that we can support learning in most subject areas including History, English, Science, Mathematics, Art and Design.

Sessions usually last two hours and can include: 

  • An introduction to Mass Observation and what an archive is and meet MO the Bear
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of The Keep, with a chance to see where the documents are stored
  • Opportunity to handle original material                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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We offer 'off-the-peg' sessions on the following themes:                                                                                                

We can also offer bespoke sessions on other topics tailored to suit specific areas of study. 

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If you can't come to The Keep for a school visit we have an Outreach resource case to hire for use in the classroom, which is full of props and learning resources.

Discover more resources to use for teaching here

CPD sessions for teachers focusing on how to use the Mass Observation Archive to enhance teaching and learning, can also be arranged.

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Secondary

Mass Observation is perfect for enriching the learning that goes on in school. We can support a range of subject areas including History, Sociology, English, Science, Mathematics, Policitics & Design.

Sessions usually last two hours and can include:Secondary page image crop

  • An Introduction to Mass Observation and what an archive is
  • A behind -the-scences tour of The Keep, with a chance to see where the documents are stored
  • Opportunity to handle original materials 

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We offer 'off-the-peg' sessions on the following themes:

We also offer bespoke sessions on other topics tailored to suit specific areas of study. 

If you can't come to The Keep for a school visit we have an Outreach resource case to hire for use in the classroom, which is full of props and learning resources. Discover more resources to use for teaching here.

CPD sessions for teachers focusing on how to use the Mass Observation Archive to enhance teaching and learning, can also be arranged.

To find out more about booking a session and our fees, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.r

Higher Education

Feedback quotes from students The Mass Observation Archive supports a wide range of academic disciplines for teaching and research within the University of Sussex and other institutions. From Sociology and History to Media, English and Art & Design, our unique record of everyday life in Britain continues to be a valuable resource to support  learning within Higher Education.

In consultation with teaching staff we can support taught courses with hands-on sessions using original archive material at The Keep.

Our staff team can also lead training sessions on archive research skills; using the collection to help students and staff understand and find relevant resources to support their learning, teaching and research.

Group Visits to The Keep

We deliver sessions in our meeting rooms here at The Keep, which can accommodate both small and large groups and include AV equipment.

We encourage teaching staff to get in touch to discuss and arrange sessions. Our staff team have specialist knowledge in the collection and can assist in the provision of a tailored visit.

A group visit will provide opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding in the role of using original material for research.

We are also happy to meet with teaching staff to discuss the development of modules and assignments using the Archive.

 

Community

Community group with book resizedMass Observation really welcomes visits from groups in the wider community. We have accessible resource spaces and our staff are friendly and welcoming.

We can provide:

  • An introduction to archives
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of The Keep
  • Chance to look at a variety of original documents on various topics of interest

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We have worked with access groups, local history societies, older peoples' groups, volunteers, U3A and we have delivered outreach projects in various settings including Lewes Prison.

We can also deliver talks and workshops at your centre.

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Open Days and Family events take place at The Keep providing hands on activities inspired by the Mass Observation Archive.

See our gallery for images of recent community events.

If you would like further ideas or resources for engaging with the Mass Observation Archive, this website might be of interest to you Mass Observation Communities Online

 

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Special projects

Beyond Boxes

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £51,300, Beyond Boxes collaborated with three project partners, Blind Veterans UK, the Brighton Housing Trust and HMP Lewes to encourage project participants to share their lived experience, so that the MOA better reflects the diversityof life in Britain today.In doing this, Beyond Boxes also aimed to break down some of the barriers, which prevent people from engaging with archives.

Participants have donated diaries, personal writings, poems, oral recordings, directive responses, drawings and embroideries. This material has been formed as the Beyond Boxes Collection and is held at the MOA where it can be appreciated by visitors to the Keep.

The delivery of the project covered a variety of areas in relation to archives. Below are just some of the highlights.

International Day of Disabled People Diary Day

As part of the effort to make the content of the archive more representative, a new diary day was held on 3 December 2016 and 2017 to mark the United Nations International Day of Disabled People. Over 30 responses were received reflecting individual records of that day. In order to make participation in the diary day as accessible as possible, respondents were invited to record their day in several different formats, and some residents from Royal National Institute for the Blind at Wavertree House chose to document their day orally. These responses will be  scribed and make available, with other project material, in September 2017. 

May 12th Diary Day

As part of Beyond Boxes, project participants were invited to take part in Mass Observation's annual diary day on the 12th May. The Beyond Boxes team visited Lewes Prison and Brighton Housing Trust to facilitate sessions which allowed participants to record accounts of their day in various formats. Repsonses came in the form of written accounts and oral recordings, and will be made available to the public shortly.

MOP Winter Directive 2016: Homelessness

The first of a series of Mass Observation Project directives to be issued as part of Beyond Boxes was designed in consultatation with clients of the Brighton Housing Trust. They actively helped to form the questions included in the directive and provided assistnat and advice on addressing such an important topic. Directive replies, including oral recordings with project participants from First Base Day Centre will be made available in September 2017.  

MOP Winter Directive 2017: Prison 

Through MO’s partnership with HMP Lewes and the work of the writing group at the prison library were able to commission a directive on the topic of ‘prison.’ Over the course of a series of workshops at the prison library the Beyond Boxes team and the creative writing group worked together to design the directive which included writing up questions, suggesting topics of interest and offering advice on how best to approach such a large topic. The input form the group has been invaluable to Beyond Boxes and the MOP.

MOP Spring Directive 2018: Disability

The third MOP directive commissioned by Beyond Boxes was on the topic of ‘Disability.’ In designing this directive, the Beyond Boxes team consulted with project participants from Blind Veterans UK. This included exploring relevant themes and questions, particular around the questions in the directive about visual impairments.

All of the directives commissioned by Beyond Boxes were sent to the MOP panel and to all participants of the project. The responses from the panel can be found on the main MOP catalogue. Replies from project participants can be accessed via the Beyond Boxes Collection catalogue reference.

Beyond Boxes Buddy Scheme

During summer 2017 the project launched the Beyond Boxes Buddy scheme. As part of the scheme volunteers have been recruited to provide 1-1 support to people visiting the Keep. Public service at the Keep includes a reference and reading room with facilities such as public network computers, an online catalogue, reference books, online resources and access to original archives. We recognise that a visit to the archives can be a little overwhelming for a new visitor and project activity so far has suggested that providing 1-1 support would be of benefit to some people using our service.

The fully trained Beyond Boxes Buddy volunteers provide additional 1-1 support, to ensure that The Keep is more accessible and responsive to the individual needs of our users. The Keep has friendly and welcoming staff, who are able to provide expert advice and guidance.

If you would like a Buddy, please ask at Reception or in the Reference Room and staff will be able to let you know if one is available.

Access to Archives  

In our drive to make archives more accessible, the Keep has Prodigi Scanners available in the Reference and Reading rooms, purchased with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and FOTKA (Friends of the Keep Archive). Through Beyond Boxes the Keep has also installed Dolphin Supernova software on 10 public network computers with accessible keyboards and headphones. On your visit, please ask a member of Keep staff or a Buddy volunteer if you would like to use these machines, which are able to enhance access to documents in different ways.

 

Project Resources

As part of the project we developed a number of resources that you can download in PDF. The copyright of all resources is held by the Mass Observation Archive but can be downloaded and used under a creative commons (CC) license and should not be used for commercial purposes.

Beyond Boxes Book of Basics

This book was inspired by the project’s writing group at HMP Lewes and provides a basic introduction to English grammar as well as practical exercises.

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Beyond Boxes Exercise Book

This small book contains a number of writing exercises inspired by Mass Observation and encourage people to write diaries, poetry and life writing.

Beyond Boxes Writing Prompt Cards

This set of cards can contain writing prompts and quotes from project participants at HMP Lewes. There are 52 in total and can be used a source of inspiration for writing creatively.

Beyond Boxes Project Guide

The guide was developed to help provide support to others who are considering delivering a project like Beyond Boxes. It provides a background to the project and focuses on the areas of access, outreach and engagement, and volunteers. (The guide will be made available to the public during September 2018).

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