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Mass Observation Project Directives

On this page you can download copies of the Mass Observation Project Directives questions. These Directives have been sent to the Mass Observation Project correspondents at regular intervals since 1981. You can read more about The Mass Observation Project on this page or find out more about accessing the responses to the Directives. You can also find out more about becoming a Mass Observer on the 'Write for Us' section of the website.

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1: Summer 1981: Currency, Royal Wedding, Business Premises, Unemployment, Holidays, Food

2: Royal Wedding Special 1981: Diary for the Day

3: Autumn 1981: Currency, Pet Food, Shopping Strategies, Business Premises, Unemployment, Liberal-SDP Alliance, Christmas

4: Spring 1982: House Prices, Unsolicited Mail, Weather in January, Railway Strike, Local Elections, Business Premises, Unemployment, Falklands/Malvinas War.

5: Special: The Falkland Islands Crisis 1982: War with Argentina

6: Summer 1982: Public Services, Private Services, The Budget, Gas & Electricity Bills, Royalty, Inflation, Currency, Food, EEC.

7: EEC Special: Tenth Anniversary of British Entry Into Europe

8: Autumn 1982: Pocket Money, Business Premises/Cheque Books/Currency

9: Falklands/Malvinas Postscript 1982: Falklands War Aftermath: Reactions To Falklands Parade

10: Winter 1982: Food, Gardening

11: Spring 1983: The General Election, Water workers' Strike, Coinage, Viewing and Reading

12: Summer 1983: Work

13: Autumn 1983: Housework & maintenance, business premises

14: Winter 1983: Christmas Cards, Buying British

15: Spring 1984: Social Well-Being

16: Summer 1984: Electronic Banking, Miscellany

17: Autumn 1984: Attitudes To USA

18: Winter 1984: Relatives, Friends & Neighbours

19: Spring 1985: Morality & religion; Posters

20: Autumn 1986: Self portrait (no public access); Major Events; Christmas Day Diary

21: Spring 1987: waste, thrift and consumerism; A.I.D.S. campaign

22: May Special 1987 General Election

23: Summer 1987: Holidays; Day diary: August Bank Holiday 1987

24: Autumn/Winter 1987: The car; The hurricane and floods

25: Spring 1988: Clothing

26: Summer 1988: Time; Objects about the House

27: Autumn 1988: Regular Pastimes; TV Day-Diaries

28: Spring 1989: Disasters; Food News

29: Summer 1989: Rules of Conduct; Day Diary for June 15th, European Election Day

30: Autumn/Winter 1989: Relaxants and Stimulants; The 'Backing Britain' Campaign

31: Spring 1990: Social Divisions; Retrospective on The Eighties

32: Summer 1990: Close Relationships; Your Views On M-O

33: Autumn/Winter 1990: Celebrations; Gulf Crisis; Organisations

34: Spring 1991: Education; The Uses of Reading & Writing & Literacy Diaries; Taking Risks

35: Autumn 1991: Women & Men; Technology

36: Spring 1992: Personal Hygiene; The Pace Of Life; One Day Diary; 1992 General Election

37: Summer 1992: Nature & the Environment

38: Winter 1992: Growing Older; Looking Back at 1992; Last Night's Dreams

39: Spring 1993: Growing Up; Reading; Community/ Foreigners

40: Summer 1993: Pleasure; Security & Crime; Current Issues

41: Autumn/Winter 1993: Managing money; Birth; The title "Mass Observation"

42: Spring 1994: Death & Bereavement; Serial Killers; Autobiography & Diaries

43: Autumn/Winter 1994: Sport; Drugs; Current Events (Rail Strike, Ireland, Royalty, Criminal Justice Bill)

44: Spring 1995: Day Diary (Meals); the Countryside; Television Soap Operas

45: Summer 1995: Shopping in Britain

46: Autumn/Winter 1995: Images of Where You Live: Cities, Towns, Villages; Mothers & Literacy; Subject of own choice

47: Spring 1996: The Lottery; Menstruation; Subject of own Choice

48: Summer 1996: Beef, BSE & the "mad cow" debate; the supernatural

49: Autumn/Winter 1996: Using the Telephone; Unpaid Work; The Next General Election

50: Spring 1997: You & the NHS; The Next General Election

51: Summer 1997: Doing a Job;Being Overweight

52: Summer 1997 (Special): The Death of Diana

53: Autumn 1997: Music; Dancing; the Future

54: Spring 1998: The Garden and Gardening; Having An Affair

55: Autumn 1998: Present Giving and Receiving; Staying Well And Everyday Life

56: Spring 1999: Going to the Cinema; Current Issues; Documenting the Millennium

57: Summer 1999: The Public Library; Body Piercing & Tattooing; Current Event

58: Autumn 1999: Sleeping And Dreaming; Millennium Diary

59: Spring 2000: Travelling; Collecting Things

60: Summer 2000: Coming to Britain; Queen Mother at 100; Designing your own Directive

61: Autumn 2000: The Family; Gays & Family; Current events

62: Spring 2001: Hair & hairdressing; The next General Election; Marks & Spencer

63: Summer 2001: Courting & dating; Reality TV and radio; the General Election

64: Special 2001: 11 September 2001: diary of reactions

65: Autumn 2001: Media & the public interest; the impact of war after 11 September

66: Spring 2002: Having a laugh; The Royal Family in 2002

67: Summer 2002: Birthdays; Issues in the news

68: Autumn 2002: Mobile phones; Owning pets; The world situation at the end of 2002

69: Spring 2003: Images of the 1950s and 60s; Saturday diaries; the War in Iraq

70: Autumn 2003: Public and private spaces/places; Childhood reading: comics and magazines; Diary for New Year’s Eve 2003

71: Spring 2004: Using numbers; You and the BBC; Going to university

72. Summer 2004: Letters; Email

73: Autumn 2004: Being part of research; Your most recent dream

74: Spring 2005: The Asian Tsunami; Charles and Camilla; The best thing that happened to you in 2004

75: Summer 2005: The Universe and Outer Space; Wildlife Documentaries; Current Issues and Events

PostScript to the Summer 2005 Directive: Bombs in London

76: Autumn 2005: Sex; Public Library Buildings; Hurricanes in the USA

77: Spring 2006: Genes, Genetics & Cloning; Public Mourning; One day diary

78: Summer 2006: History Matters; Core British Values; The Football World Cup

79: Autumn 2006: Your Home; Quoting and Quotations; Age

80: Spring 2007: The New Smoking Ban and Pubs; Violence in the Home

81: Summer 2007: Shopping and Making a Difference; You and Gardens

82: Spring 2008: You & the NHS in 2008; Your life line

83: Summer 2008: Doing Family History Research; War: experiences and reflections; The Olympics

84: Winter 2008: The World Financial Crisis; Global Poverty and Health;The Ups and Downs of Friendship

85: Spring 2009: The Second World War; Using the Internet; Issues in the news: Spring 2009

86: Summer 2009: Animals and humans; Heaven and hell; Swine flu or H1N1

87: Winter 2009: Midlife transitions; Books and you; Predicting the Future

88: Spring 2010: A working day; Personal finances; The General Election 2010

89: Summer 2010: Families and holidays; Belonging

90: Autumn 2010: Childhood and illness; Going to funerals; Special questionnaire

91: Spring 2011: Donor conception; Gambling and household; The royal wedding: Day diary for 29th April 2011

92: Summer 2011: Climate change; Ageing and care; The press in 2011

93: Winter 2011: Crime & Investigation; Civil disobedience; You and the 1980s

94: Spring 2012: Big and Society; Photos, music and memory; Dream Diary

95: Summer 2012: School, teachers and pupils; Siblings; The Diamond Jubilee 2nd – 5th June 2012

96: Autumn 2012: Photography & you; Cosmetic Surgery; The London Olympic & Paralympic Games

97: Spring 2013: Human rights, immigration & the legal system; Spiritualism; The High Street

98: Winter 2013: Serial Killers; The Countryside; What makes you happy?

99: Spring 2014: Politics and Politicians; Scottish Referendum 2014; Eurovision

100: Summer 2014: Global poverty & charities; Corporal Punishment; Current Affairs in Summer 2014

101: Autumn 2014: The First World War; Working families

102: Spring 2015: Dementia; The General Election 2015

103: Summer 2015: You online; Dear 16 year old me

104: Autumn 2015: Fraud and scams; Bonfire Night; The Refugee Crisis

105: Spring 2016: Social Mobility; Higher Education; The EU Referendum 

106: Summer 2016: Using animals for research; Being ‘thrifty’ 

107: Winter 2016: Homelessness; Boxing Day 2016 (closed until Spring 2017)

 

 

 

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