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Mass Observation - Recording everyday life in Britain

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The Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981. The Archive is a charitable trust in the care of the University of Sussex. It is housed at The Keep as part of the University's Special Collections.

Read about our current activities

  • Mass Observation: My Life in a Day
    Bring your family to our event on 23rd May.
  • 12th May 2015: Be a Mass Observer for the day
    Contribute to our 12th May diary project.
  • Mass Observing Today: Opportunities for new research
    Find out about our upcoming event.

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