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Mass Observation: Finding the pulse of the Nation.


In the 1930s, trained fieldworkers were dispatched from Blackheath to gather information on a diverse range of subjects, from pub culture to shopping habits. (As depicted by Victoria Wood in ‘Housewife 49’). Their aim was to counter inaccurate representation of the nation in the press and by politicians of that time. Hear how it evolved and continues today.

Kirsty Pattrick of The Sussex University Mass Observation Archives Department, will speak about the project, show how the information is used and relate it to the writers of today. You will have the opportunity (non-obligatory) to join in the process.

Tickets £10 available from or email the office you plan to attend and pay at the door,


 Grotes Buildings, the start of Mass Observation

Grotes Buildings, the start of Mass Observation