Launch of new community archives project!

Launch of new community archives project!

Are you looking for techniques and inspiration for recording the changing histories of your community?

The Mass Observation Communities Online project (MOCO) is currently inviting community groups across the country to get inspired by historical Mass Observation techniques and material in order to develop and extend their own community archives.

Website launch

We are proud to announce that our website, is now online, which means we can start accepting submissions. On the site, we welcome group members to look at historical Mass Observation materials before contributing their own material through four easy tasks: Writing a day diary, answer a questionnaire, observe life in a local café and take photographs of their neighbourhood.


We are also very happy to invite group representatives to a series of free workshops (travel expenses covered by MOCO). These are designed for you to learn more about the historical techniques used by the Mass Observation archive and how these can be adapted to suit your group’s needs and interests.

Our next workshop is held on the 8th July at the University of Sussex, Brighton. This introductory workshop will be held in the Special Collections where the Mass Observation Archive is housed, and Dorothy Sheridan, Director of the Mass Observation Archive will be present to introduce the subject.

Our previous workshop had very positive feedback and we are therefore happy to give more people the opportunity to get hands on experience of Mass Observation techniques and material, and discuss its contemporary uses. Read more about the workshop programme and register online at Travel expenses are covered for all attendees and lunch is provided.

More details

For more information, contact us on, tel. 01273 877 657.

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