Make history with Mass Observation

Mass observation would like to hear from you at – http://www.massobs.org.uk/12may.html.   They are repeating a historical request from the 12th May 1937 for people to record what they did on that day. That original request was part of Mass Observation’s mission to produce ‘an anthropology of ourselves‘, and which has produced a huge amount of material that has in turn made possible some excellent books, which you can find on their publications page. A great example is We Are At War: The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times, which is a great source of anecdote and of evidence for people’s thoughts during the Second World War.

Now they want to gather information about ‘the ordinary’, which could be an ‘extraordinary’ for future historians, and present day social scientists.

Write as much as you can about what you do, who you meet, what you talk about, what you eat and drink, what you buy or sell, what you are working on, the places you visit, the people you meet, the things you read, see and hear around you and of course what you yourself think.

MO say that they welcome contributions from groups. What better way to help students start to understand how ‘sources’ are produced than getting them involved too?

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