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The Mass Observation Archive

Selected parts of the Mass Observation Archive are now available online through a resource published by Adam Matthew Digital for public and university libraries to purchase. The entire File Report sequence, early Mass Observation Publications and selected Topic Collections are available along with the diaries and directive responses from 1939 to 1950.

The resource also includes a interactive maps, bibliographic resources and essays on various aspects of Mass Observation.

The Adam Matthew website provides further details on the resource, including the opportunity for institutions to register for online trials.

The Mass Observation Project

Selected Directive responses collected as part of the Mass Observation Project in the 1980s are available for research online. In 2012 the University of Sussex received JISC funding for a project called Observing the 1980s. This project brings together ‘voices’ from the Mass Observation Project and the British Library’s Oral History collections alongside 1980s documents and ephemera from the University of Sussex Library.  

For more information visit the Observing the 1980s webpage.