External Links

University of Sussex Special Collections

The homepage of the University of Sussex Special Collections - including details on how to visit.

University of Sussex Special Collections - Mass Observation Archive Website

Details of the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex. Includes news on publications and Mass Observation in the media, as well as details on how to take part in the current Mass Observation movement.

University of Sussex Special Collections - Reference Page

Information for referencing Mass Observation material.

University of Sussex Special Collections – Charles Madge Archive

The papers of Charles Madge, one of the founders of Mass Observation, who was also an acclaimed poet.

Mass Observation Communities Online (MOCO)

Between April and September 2010, the Mass Observation Communities Online project (MOCO) expanded on Mass Observation’s tradition by inviting community groups throughout the UK to develop an archive that reflects life in 21st century Britain. Here you can see contributions to the MOCO project as well as examples of material from the original Mass Observation archive movement.

The Keep

The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. It is also a centre of excellence for conservation and preservation and represents the new generation of archive buildings in the UK.

Bolton Museums, Art Gallery and Aquarium

Bolton Museum and Art Gallery has built an impressive collection of material relating to the Mass Observation movement, including Humphrey Spender’s internationally renowned Worktown photographs. Details of Bolton Museum’s holdings relating to Mass Observation, including works of art by Graham Bell, Humphrey Jennings and Julian Trevelyan and the complete collection of the Worktown photographs, comprising 931 negatives. These photographs can be viewed here.

The Photographic Work of Euan Duff

Website of the photojournalist who donated three collections of black-and-white photographs to the Mass Observation Archive in 2002.

Writing for the Mass Observation Project

The webpages of one MO contributor, Bob Rust, created with his collaboration by Anna Green in 1999. The website aims to “explore one correspondent's views and perceptions of the Mass Observation project”.   

Video Nation

The BBC Video Nation began on BBC2 in the early 1990s. Inspired by Mass Observation, the series of short programmes invited members of the public to film their everyday lives. The project continues today via the BBC’s interactive digital TV service, Your Stories. 


Discovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download.

Archives Hub

The Archives Hub contains searchable descriptions of the archive holdings of around 150 universities and colleges in the UK.

The National Archives

The national archives for the UK.

The Women's Library

Catalogues, exhibitions and information from the largest collection of materials on women's history in the UK.

The British Library

The national library of the United Kingdom, with integrated online catalogue, details on how to visit and online exhibitions.

British Library Newspaper Collections

The national archive for British and overseas newspapers. Site contains catalogues and information on the collections.

The Library of the Society of Genealogists

Includes an online catalogue and details of the Society itself.

Culture 24

A portal to the UK’s publicly funded museums, heritage sites, archives and galleries, with information on current exhibitions,
listings and reviews.

Imperial War Museum

The website of the UK’s national war museum, with details on current exhibitions and visiting hours, and useful web links.
Click here to access the online galleries of the Imperial War Museum, with digital material relating to civilian life in World War II. 


The digital data collection of the Economic and Social Data Service, offering a resource hub to sources of qualitative data from across the UK. Some material is available to view digitally.

WW2 People's War

A BBC website dedicated to collecting memories of World War Two. It contains an archive of 47,000 stories and 15,000 images submitted by the public between 2003 and 2006, as well as a timeline of events.

The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Based at the University of Sussex, the Centre’s website promotes the research element of the Mass Observation Project, as well as providing details of MA courses, training, events and seminars on the subject of life history.


British Library National Sound Archive

Details of the National Sound Archive's oral history collections.


"DoHistory invites you to explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past. It is an experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife's Tale, which were both based upon the remarkable 200 year old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard. Although DoHistory is centered on the life of Martha Ballard, you can learn basic skills and techniques for interpreting fragments that survive from any period in history."