Monday, 3 August 2015

Mass Observation Parts III and IV – Now Available!

As part of its commitment to continued investment in its libraries, Aberystwyth University has recently purchased two additions to complete the Mass Observation Online resource, the famous study of “the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain”.
Parts III and IV extend the coverage begun in the previous two parts. With extensive use being made of material drawn from diaries of men and women from 1946-1950 and Directives from the years 1946 and 1947, 65 new Topic Collections have been created. These include:

  • Propaganda and Morale
  • Conscientious Objection and Pacifism
  • Police, Law and Invasion Preparations, 1939-1941
  • Personal Appearance and Clothes, 1938-54
  • Children and Education, 1937-1952
  • Women in Wartime, 1939-1945

In addition, and as stated on the Mass Observation Online website: “The new content provides opportunities for in-depth research of subjects from an age of post-war austerity and the rise of consumerism and the welfare state: demobilization, health and the NHS, reconstruction, industry, sport, holidays and leisure”

The Mass Observation Online website can also be found via Databases A-Z on Primo, if you are off-campus you will need to sign into Primo with you Aber username and password to access the resource.
Please email the Subject Librarians at: with any comments or questions you have about Mass Observation Online.

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