New resource on trial: Mass Observation Module 1: 1980s

The Library has the Mass Observation Project: 1980s archive on trial until December 4th 2020.

This is the first module in a new Mass Observation series which will eventually cover the 1990s and 2000s.

Mass Observation is a pioneering project which documents the social history of Britain by recruiting volunteers (‘observers’) to write about their lives, experiences and opinions. Still growing, it is one of the most important sources available for qualitative social data in the UK. We already have access to the original project archive, which covers 1937-1967.

The 1980s module includes directive (survey) responses from observers on a wide range of issues, covering political and social themes, as well as everyday life. There are also photographs, leaflets, and other ephemeral materials, as well as contextual essays and timelines to help you interpret the collection.

When you access content in Mass Observation 1980s, you’ll be asked to log in.

Choose UK Access Management Federation, select Newcastle University (not University of Newcastle!) and then you’ll be prompted to log in with your Newcastle University username and password.

You can browse or search Mass Observation in various ways.

Browse by directive: browse the different directives (surveys), which are arranged chronologically and by topic.

Browse all documents: browse all the individual documents, and filter your search as required.

You can also use the Advanced search box at the top of the screen to search for specific topics.

The trial ends on December 4th 2020. To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

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