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The Archive of Mass-Observation, a pioneering social research organisation, has been described as a "treasure trove", "an invaluable resource for sociologists and cultural historians" and "a fascinating source of precious data for researchers across the widest range of disciplines".

It has been used by anthropologists, cultural and social historians, literary scholars, performance artists, sociologists, and those working in education, war studies and gender studies - all of whom testify to the richness of this resource, which opens up a seemingly limitless opportunity for essays, project work and fresh research.

Mass Observation Online makes the Mass Observation Archive available to researchers in its entirety. This landmark digital project opens up revolutionary access to the archive and offers:

  • A complete set of the File Reports 1937-1951
  • Access to all of the Day Surveys 1937-1938, Directives 1939-1955 and Diaries, 1939-1967
  • Topic Collections 1937-1965
  • The 'Worktown Collection'
  • Publications by Mass-Observation 1937-1965
  • Eighteen contextual essays by leading scholars
  • 4 essays from the Mass Observation Occasional Papers series
  • Photographs by Humphrey Spender, interactive features, and much valuable supporting material