Topic Collections

A complete set of the Topic Collections, 1937-1965, with full text searchability. The Topic Collections represent the raw material behind many of Mass Observation’s published studies, consisting of both quantitative and qualitative data including questionnaires, interviews, observations and contemporary ephemera. Detailed metadata provides full précis of content.

ADULT AND HIGHER EDUCATION 1937-1948 36 January 1937 - December 1948
AIR RAIDS 1938-1945 23 January 1938 - December 1945
ANTI-SEMITISM 1939-51 62 January 1939 - December 1951
ART 1938-49 33 January 1938 - December 1949
ASTROLOGY AND SPIRITUALISM 1938-1947 8 January 1938 - December 1947
BEVERIDGE SOCIAL SURVEYS 1942 & 1947 53 January 1942 - December 1947
BIRD-NESTING SURVEY 1951 30 January 1951 - December 1951
BLIND PEOPLE 1947 31 January 1947 - December 1947
BRITAIN CAN MAKE IT EXHIBITION 1946 26 January 1946 - December 1946
BROWNS OF CHESTER 1942-1955 24 January 1942 - December 1955
THE BUDGET, MONEY MATTERS AND HOUSEHOLD BUDGETING 1939-50 57 January 1939 - December 1950
BY-ELECTIONS 1936-1947 46 January 1936 - December 1947
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SURVEY 1938-56 72 January 1938 - December 1956
CHILDREN AND EDUCATION 1937-1952 59 January 1937 - December 1952
COAL MINING 1938-48 64 January 1938 - December 1948
COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING 1938-1947 22 January 1938 - December 1947
COMMODITIES 1941-1964 78 January 1941 - December 1964
CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION AND PACIFISM 1939-1944 6 January 1939 - December 1944
COOPERATIVE STORES 1939-1947 21 January 1939 - December 1947
DAY NURSERIES 1941-1946 19 January 1941 - December 1946
DEMOLITION IN LONDON 1941 15 January 1941 - December 1941
DOGS IN WAR TIME 1939-1942 79 January 1939 - December 1942
DREAMS 1937-48 28 January 1937 - December 1948
DRINKING HABITS 1939-63 85 January 1939 - December 1963
EVACUATION 1939-1944 5 January 1939 - December 1944
FAMILY PLANNING 1944-49 3 January 1944 - December 1949
FAMOUS PERSONS 1938-52 14 January 1938 - December 1952
FILMS 1937-48 17 January 1937 - December 1948
FOOD 1937-1953 67 January 1937 - December 1953
FORCES. MEN IN THE FORCES 1939-1956 29 January 1939 - December 1956
FUEL 1937-1947 68 January 1937 - December 1947
Gambling 1937-51 86 January 1937 - December 1951
GAMES AND JIGSAWS 1937-1941 41 January 1937 - December 1941
GAS MASKS 1939-43 55 January 1939 - December 1943
GENERAL ELECTIONS 1945-1955 76 January 1945 - December 1955
HAPPINESS 1938 7 January 1938 - December 1938
HEALTH 1939-47 13 January 1939 - December 1947
HOLIDAYS 1937-51 58 January 1937 - December 1951
HOUSING 1938-1948 1 January 1938 - December 1948
INDUSTRY 1940-55 75 January 1940 - December 1955
JOKES 1939-1947 77 January 1939 - December 1947
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY 1946-47 11 January 1946 - December 1947
KOREA 1950 9 January 1950 - December 1950
LABOUR PARTY 'ASK YOUR DAD' 1948 10 January 1948 - December 1948
LEISURE 1940-47 80 January 1940 - December 1947
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 1938-1948 16 January 1938 - December 1948
LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 1937-51 84 January 1937 - December 1951
LONDON SURVEY 1940 65 January 1940 - December 1940
"MEET YOURSELF ON SUNDAY" 1948-1950 81 January 1948 - December 1950
MUSIC, DANCING AND JAZZ 1939-41 38 January 1939 - December 1941
NEWSPAPER READING 1937-62 61 January 1937 - December 1962
PEACE AND THE PUBLIC SURVEY 1956 56 January 1956 - December 1956
PERSONAL APPEARANCE AND CLOTHES 1938-1954 18 January 1938 - December 1954
PHOTOGRAPHY 1940-1944 52 January 1940 - December 1944
PICTURE POSTCARD ANALYSIS 1940-41 39 January 1940 - December 1941
POETRY 1939-40 73 January 1939 - December 1940
POLICE, LAW AND INVASION PREPARATIONS 1939-41 54 January 1939 - December 1941
POST WAR HOPES 1944 40 January 1944 - December 1944
POSTERS 1939-47 42 January 1939 - December 1947
PRESS 1938-42 60 January 1938 - December 1942
PROPAGANDA AND MORALE 1939-44 43 January 1939 - December 1944
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & SOCIAL SERVICES IN WARTIME 1941-1942 44 January 1941 - December 1942
RADIO LISTENING 1939-44 74 January 1939 - December 1944
RADIO REDIFFUSION SURVEYS 1949 AND 1955 45 January 1949 - December 1949
READING HABITS 1937-47 20 January 1937 - December 1947
RECONSTRUCTION 1941-43 2 January 1941 - December 1943
RELIGION 1937-50 47 January 1937 - December 1950
ROAD SAFETY 1946-1955 71 January 1946 - December 1955
ROYALTY 1942-64 69 January 1942 - December 1964
SCIENCE 1938-1941 34 January 1938 - December 1941
SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR 1939-1950 12 January 1939 - December 1950
SHOPPING 1939-1963 4 January 1939 - December 1963
SMOKING HABITS 1937-65 63 January 1937 - December 1965
SPORT 1939-47 82 January 1939 - December 1947
SQUATTING 1946 48 January 1946 - December 1946
TC70 TRANSPORT 1937-1943 & 1963 70 January 1937 - December 1943
VICTORY CELEBRATIONS 1945-46 49 January 1945 - December 1946
VOTING ATTITUDES 1944 83 January 1944 - December 1944
WALL CHALKINGS 1939-1943 87 January 1939 - December 1943
WOMEN IN WARTIME 1939-1945 32 January 1939 - December 1945
WORK - REGISTRATION AND DEMOBILISATION 1939-1946 27 January 1939 - December 1946
WORLD OUTLOOK 1945-50 50 January 1945 - December 1950
YOUTH 1937-1943 51 January 1937 - December 1943