Our Secondary outreach case is packed full of resources to help bring the Mass Observation Archive to life. Due to Covid 19, it is not currently available to hire, but the resources below, which are themed to support learning in different subject areas at Key stages 3 and 4, along with teachers notes, will enable students to explore Mass Observation within the classroom.
Booklets for schools
These booklets were produced at the Archive during the 1980s. They were intended for use by 14-16 year olds but may also be helpful to students at A Level and beyond. Extracts from the booklets may be reproduced freely for educational purposes.
The Blitz (22.73 MB)
Tom Honeyford's Autobiography of a Spinner (8.52 MB)
Evacuation (14.85 MB)
Postwar Hopes and Expectations and reaction to the Beveridge report (Paul A Thomas) (20.69MB)
Children at war (25.50MB)
Bolton Working Class Life in the 1930s: a Mass Observation anthology (ed. Peter Gurney) (50.82 MB)
Mass Observation in the 80s: Special directive, 19 April 1982: The Falkland Islands Crisis (3.30MB)
Mass Observation in the 80s: Spring directive 1987: AIDS (2.66MB)
Children's essays 1937: 'The finest person that ever lived" (11.50MB)