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Ms Fiona Courage
Head of Collections & Academic Services,Curator of the Mass Observation Archive


I have worked with Mass Observation since 2000, and alongside the other archival collections at the University of Sussex, am responsible for its care and accessibility. This includes the acquisition of new material and ensuring the provision of research and learning support. I also work 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 ways to use the Archive to support research.


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 am currently undertaking an Education Doctorate at Sussex, using Mass Observation as a tool and inspiration for my own research.

Ms Kirsty Pattrick
Mass Observation Archive Officer


As Archives Officer, I am responsible for managing and developing the current Mass Observation Project, increasing its use amongst academic and non-academic communities. I teach students in Higher Education across different disciplines and work in partnership on a range of projects that help increase the  Archive's collection. My role also includes fundraising and grant making to support the Charities long-term work.


I studied Contemporary History at 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. 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 Supervisor


My post supports all of the Mass Observation Archive’s activities, projects and collaborations, in particular, the contemporary Mass Observation Project and the acquisition of new material. I am responsible for supporting all researchers and groups using the material collected by both phases of Mass Observation and for cataloguing material within the Archive.  I also run the Archive’s lively e-mail discussion list,  Twitter account and edit the MO Bulletin.

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 and I currently sit on the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA) committee.

Mr Anthony McCoubrey
Beyond Boxes Project Coordinator


In my role as Project Coordinator I am responsible for the managing and coordinating the Beyond Boxes Project. The project, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, began in Septermber 2016 and through working in partnership with the Brighton Housing Trust, Blind Veterans UK, and HMP Lewes we aim to address some of the issues people face when trying to access archive collections and services.


I first came to work at Special Collections as a volunteer cataloguer when I was studying on the Contemporary History Masters course at the University of Sussex. Since then I have completed the Asa Briggs Internship and intend to study for a post graduate degree in Archives and Records Management in the future.

Staff vacancies at the Mass Observation Archive will be advertised on the University of Sussex's job page.    



Ms Hilary Callan

Hilary joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 as one of two Trustees appointed by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI). She was Director of the RAI from 2000 to 2010, and previously Executive Director of the European Association for International Education based in Amsterdam. Her first degree was in psychology and philosophy, and her postgraduate research has been in anthropology. She has taught University courses in anthropology, sociology and cultural studies in the UK, the Middle East and Canada. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Anthropology.

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.

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 Jeremy MacClancy

Jeremy MacClancy is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. His research interests include popular anthropology, surrealism and anthropology, and the anthropologies of art, food, sport, and rural Europe. He is also the Director of ACCEND (the Anthropological Centre for Conservation, Environment and Development) at Oxford Brookes. Professor MacClancy joined the Trustee Board in June 2011.

Professor Dorothy Sheridan

Dorothy Sheridan studied sociology and later History at the University of Sussex. She joined the Trustee Board in 2011 having worked with the Mass Observation papers since 1974, first as assistant to Tom Harrisson, later as archivist and then Director of the Archive. She supported the launch of the MO Project in 1981 and directed it from 1990 to 2010. Between 2000 and 2008, she was Head of Special Collections in the University of Sussex Library and has enjoyed a career of teaching, researching and publishing on MO-related themes for nearly four decades. She was awarded an MBE in 1990 and is currently an honorary Professor of History at Sussex.





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