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Series Three: Papers from the Mass-Observation Archive at the University of Sussex

Part 2: Topic Collections on Welfare and Social Conditions

Mass-Observation was a pioneering social research organisation whose papers provide insights into the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1965. 
By accessing this original data, scholars are able to form their own conclusions about the many topics which were investigated. Part 2 includes material for 1939-1949, on Welfare and Social Conditions, including:

  • Housing (with detailed descriptions of family homes in Stepney, accounts of the standard of living in places ranging from Porstmouth to Liverpool, Household accounts, and records of new town development).
  • Work (these files principally relate to demobilisation and fears of post-war unemployment).
  • Fuel (material on rationing, fuel use and fuel economy).
  • Food (with much on war-time and post-war rationing, accounts of allotments, diet, cafes, and surveys regarding margarine, bread, milk, biscuits, fish fillets and other foodstuffs).

This collection is also cross-listed as Part 5 of the Mass Observation Archive.

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