Searching the collections
The Mass Observation archive is one of the Special Collections in the care of the University of Sussex.
For this reason, the catalogues and lists of the Mass Observation Archive are held on the University of Sussex Special Collections website. We've provided a set of quick links to the relevant catalogues and lists below.
You will need to visit the Archive to view the actual materials.
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Quick links to catalogues and lists
You can search for material in the Mass Observation Archive's using the University of Sussex's Special Collections catalogue.
Below are some links to lists of the Archive's holdings.
Original Mass Observation collection, 1937-1950s
Mass Observation Project, 1981 - ongoing
Search the catalogue of the Mass Observation Project and view a chronological list of directives here.
Observing the 1980s
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.