Mass Observation Day - Hurstpierpoint College

Mass Observation Day

Today is Mass Observation day when pupils from all year groups across the college will join thousands of others in answering the call from the Mass Observation Archive to keep a day diary.

All Hurst pupils who have an English lesson today will write a diary entry which will form part of the Mass Observation to capture the everyday lives of people across the UK. Having lived through an unprecedented time in history and felt the impact of a global event on their lives, pupils will be encouraged to reflect on the past poignant year to create a legacy. Their written diaries will be stored in the National Archive and be used by a wide range of people for research, teaching and learning.

In 1937 Mass Observation called for people from all parts of the UK to record everything they did from when they woke up in the morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May – the day of George VI’s Coronation. The resulting diaries provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of people across Britain and have become an invaluable resource for those researching countless aspects of the era.The Mass Observation Archive repeats the call on 12th May each year, and the diaries received will be stored in the Archive alongside the 1937 documents.

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