Worktown Collection

The entire Worktown Collection; a major study carried out in Bolton and Blackpool between 1937 and 1940. People's conversations and behaviour were recorded in a variety of settings - in the street, in the pub, at dance halls and cinemas, in churches and chapels, at meetings and public events, at work in the cotton mills and on holiday in Blackpool. The aim was to document Bolton's social and political life using the technique of 'scientific observation'. The collection includes 100 photographs taken by Humphrey Spender to support MO’s study of Bolton and Blackpool. The Worktown photographs are sourced from Bolton Library and Museum.

ARMISTICE DAY, CORONATION DAY, WAKES, VALENTINE DAY, XMAS Box 27
ASSORTED SHORT REPORTS (1) Box 42
ASSORTED SHORT REPORTS (2) Box 43
BACKGROUND RESEARCH ON INDUSTRY; THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT Box 39
BIBLE CLASSES, ANNUAL EVENTS, COUNTS AND OBSERVATIONS Box 23
BOOK DRAFTS ON BLACKPOOL Box 61
BOOK DRAFTS ON BLACKPOOL Box 63
BOOK DRAFTS ON BLACKPOOL Box 60
BOOK DRAFTS ON BLACKPOOL Box 62
BOOK DRAFTS; TEXTILE WORKERS; COLLIERIES Box 40
BOOKS Box 18
BYELAWS, POLICE, PUBLIC HEALTH Box 37
CHILDREN Box 59
CHILDREN'S ESSAYS; OBSERVATIONS IN SCHOOLS Box 49
CHRISTMAS AND JANUARY SALES Box 31
CHURCH FINANCES AND SOCIAL EVENTS Box 19
CHURCH RITUALS, BELLS, NOTICES AND YARDS Box 16
CHURCH SERVICES Box 20
CHURCHILL and CHAMBERLAIN; WAR TALK 1938; CRISIS 1939-40 Box 50
CINEMA OBSERVATIONS Box 36
CINEMA-GOING SURVEY Box 35
DRAFTS OF BOOK, EXCURSIONS and OBSERVATIONS Box 45
FOOD AND SHOPPING Box 32
GENERAL AND HISTORICAL MATERIAL Box 53
HOLIDAY COMPETITION/QUESTIONNAIRES Box 46
HOLIDAYS, GUEST HOUSES AND HOTELS Box 55
Leisure Box 47
LEISURE ACTIVITIES, FAIRS AND DANCE HALLS Box 48
LISTS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF PLACES OF WORSHIP Box 15
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TOURISM Box 54
MASS-OBSERVATION RETURNS TO BOLTON & BLACKPOOL, 1968 Box 64
MEETINGS, LECTURES, FUNERALS, SPECIAL CEREMONIES Box 24
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS Box 11
MUNICIPAL POLITICS Box 10
MUNICIPAL POLITICS Box 9
NON-CONFORMISTS, METHODISTS MAZDAZNAN, MISSIONS AND SECTS Box 17
OBSERVATIONS IN BLACKPOOL Box 56
OBSERVATIONS IN BLACKPOOL Box 57
OBSERVATIONS IN BOLTON IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF WAR, 1939-40 Box 52
"ORGANISATION OF PROJECT" Box 1
PARTY POLITICS Box 7
PLANNING, HOUSING, THE TOWN COUNCIL, MENTAL HEALTH Box 38
PLANS FOR BRITAIN REVISITED Box 65
PLANS FOR RESEARCH AND BOOK ON RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES Box 14
POLITICAL ACTIVITIES (FASCISM, LEFT BOOK CLUB, SPANISH AID) Box 8
POLITICS GENERAL Box 5
POLITICS MANUSCRIPTS Box 6
PUBLIC HOUSES Box 3
REACTIONS TO NEWS FROM BELGIUM and FRANCE 1940 Box 51
REPORTS AND GENERAL MATERIAL Box 28
SAVING Box 33
SERMONS AND COLLECTIONS; FETES, BAZAARS AND JUMBLE SALES; YOUTH GROUPS Box 22
SERMONS, PROCESSIONS, CLERGY AND CHURCH PERSONNEL Box 21
SHOPPING OBSERVATIONS Box 29
SHOPPING, BUDGETS, CHAMBER OF TRADE, CO-OP Box 30
SIDE SHOWS & AMUSEMENTS Box 58
SOCIAL CONDITION AND HOUSING Box 44
SOUTH LANCASHIRE SAVING SURVEY Box 34
SPECIAL DAYS IN SPRING Box 26
SPECIAL SERVICES Box 25
SPORT Box 4
STUDY OF A SMALL AREA OF BOLTON Box 41
TRADE UNIONS Box 13
TYPESCRIPTS: THE PUB AND THE PEOPLE Box 2
VOTING; PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION Box 12