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Dr Fiona Courage

Director of the Mass Observation Archive

I have worked with Mass Observation since 2000 alongside the other archival collections at the University of Sussex, and as the Archive’s curator I am responsible for its care and accessibility. This includes the acquisition of new material and ensuring the provision of research and learning support. I have also worked on projects to engage both the Higher Education and wider community and provide support for data collection projects. I have had the opportunity to speak about the Mass Observation Archive on many occasions, throughout the UK and further afield and have written articles on the Archive.


I have worked at the University of Sussex Library since 1994 and qualified as a Librarian in 2003. Since then I have completed a PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education and was awarded a Sussex Teaching Fellowship in 2010. I completed an Education Doctorate at Sussex in 2018, using Mass Observation as a tool and inspiration for my own research into the lifelong value of higher education.


Ms Kirsty Pattrick

Mass Observation Archive Officer

As Projects Officer, I am responsible for managing and developing the current Mass Observation Project and supporting partnership research projects across both phases of the Mass Observation Archive; generating new material, increasing its use among the academic and non-academic communities, collaborating with partners and building it's profile for learning, teaching and research. A large part of my role is teaching students in Higher Education across different disciplines, introducing them to archives and developing their research skills using this unique collection. I also support fundraising and grant making to help sustain the Charities long-term work.


I studied Contemporary History at the University of Sussex and joined Special Collections in February 2011. I previously managed oral history, reminiscence and intergenerational projects for a national older peoples Charity. In 2013 I completed my PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education. I am currently undertaking a distance learning MSc in Social Research Methods and Evaluation at the University of Huddersfield. My role is funded by the Mass Observation Archive Trust.

Ms Suzanne Rose

Education and Outreach Officer

I joined Special Collections in September 2012 and coordinate and develop the Archive’s education and outreach programme for schools and the wider community.


I have worked in arts development within the voluntary sector, schools and local authorities and have much experience of devising and delivering projects, which provide opportunities for learning and participation.

My role is funded by the Mass Observation Archive Trust.

Ms Jessica Scantlebury

Mass Observation Archivist 


As the Mass Observation Archivist, I am responsible for the care of all of Mass Observation’s collections in all formats. Much of my time is dedicated to opening up our collections to researchers, students, communities, and other interested parties through the management of cataloguing, preservation, and digitisation projects. I work closely with the Mass Observation team to generating new material documenting life in the UK, through the 12th May diary project, Mass Observation Directives and related projects. I also oversee the acquisition of new material into the archive.

My role is funded by the Mass Observation Archive Trust.


I joined the Mass Observation Archive in 2006, after achieving a BA degree in Cultural Studies and a MA in English Literature. Since then, I have completed a postgraduate short course in Narrative Research (University of East London) and a Postgraduate qualification in Archives and Records Management (University of Dundee). I also sit on the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA) committee. 


The Mass Observation Archive is currently looking to recruit two new Trustees. Find out more here

Mr John Brewer

John graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a BA in Modern History. He worked in financial markets, as a trader and investor, for nearly thirty years and is now retired and living in Brighton, spending much of his time providing project management and research services to collectors, friends and enthusiasts within the classic car industry.

Mr Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen books of non-fiction, including four edited volumes of diaries from the Mass Observation Archive: Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War, Private Battles and Dear Bessie. He is currently at work on a new volume.

Ms Jane Harvell

Jane Harvell is the Chair of Trustees and Director of the University of Sussex Library. Her interests are in academic publishing and partnership working and for many years has been closely involved with the work of Mass Observation through a number of different roles in the Library.

Prof Ben Highmore

Ben Highmore is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. He first encountered Mass-Observation in the early 1990s as part of his doctoral research on approaches to the study of everyday life. His most recent involvement with Mass-Observation is an essay in a volume that is republishing their very first pamphlet. He is the author of ten books including The Great Indoors: At home in the modern British house and The Art of Brutalism: Rescuing hope from catastrophe in 1950s Britain. He is currently writing a history of the playground in its various guises.

Ms Kitty Inglis

Kitty Inglis worked in the academic library sector for over 20 years, latterly at Sussex as University Librarian and Chair of the Mass Observation Archive. Before taking early retirement in 2017, she was also Vice Chair of the Society of College, National and University Libraries and represented the interests of the academic library sector on a number of national and government bodies and committees.

Dr Michelle Johansen

Michelle Johansen is Interpretation Manager at Bishopsgate Institute, a library and cultural institution in London. Michelle has fifteen years’ experience of delivering archive learning sessions on modern British history, with a particular interest in everyday life and untold stories of a type documented at MOA. She has worked with all types of learners, including primary school pupils, university students, SEN groups and adult learners. As an independent scholar, Michelle researches the biographical history of public libraries. Focussing on social mobility, masculinity and self-education, her findings have been published in the London Journal, Cultural and Social History Journal and elsewhere. Michelle joined the Trustee Board in June 2019 to advise on learning and education.

Professor Claire Langhamer

Claire Langhamer is the Head of the History department at the University of Sussex and Professor of Modern British History. Her interest in Mass Observation began when she was researching for her first book, Women's Leisure in England 1920-1960. Since then MO has been central to her research and she has used it in articles on women and pubs during the Second World War, the meanings of home in mid-century Britain, adultery in the post-war period, and love and courtship. She has recently written a new book about 'everyday love' based on new and old MO. This is called The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution and is published by the OUP.

Professor Lucy Noakes

Lucy is the Rab Butler Professor of Modern History at the University of Essex. She has worked with Mass Observation since her days at the University of Sussex as a PHD student, where she used material from both the original Mass Observation Archive and from the contemporary Mass Observation Project to explore how the experience and memory of Britain's Second World War is shaped by gender. Since then she has continued to draw on Mass Observation in both her research and teaching, using it to explore understandings of Armistice Day in 1930s Britain, the management of emotions in the Second World War, and public engagement with the centenary of the First World War between 2014-18. Her most recent publication, Mass Observation material is Dying for the Nation: Death, Grief and bereavement in Second World War Britain (Manchester University Press: 2020) makes widespread use of Mass Observation.