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What's On

The Hidden History of the Mantelpiece

On the 24th March, the Mass Observation Archive will be joining Rachel Hurdley on Radio 4 to help her explore the Hidden History of the Mantelpiece. In the programme, Rachel will be taking a look at the mantelpiece and how its development reflects changes in society. For more information and to listen visit BBC Sounds.

Temporary Closure (The Keep)

Following Government advice and to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors, The Keep, where the Mass Observation Archive is based,  will be closed from Monday 23 March for six weeks.

All events, tours, and workshops during this time will be postponed. The Keep hopes to reschedule them in the future, but if you would like a refund, please contact them.

We will still be responding to email enquiries, but please be aware there might be a delay to our usual response times. We will be posting updates on our Twitter page and website. 

We are still collecting writing about everyday life, particularly during this extraordinary time. If you would like to find out more about writing for Mass Observation visit our writing page. This page includes details about our annual 12th May call for day diaries.