The Mass Observation Archive

The Mass Observation Archive
Special Collections
The Library
University of Sussex
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex



Research, booking, access or general enquiries

For people wishing to join the MO project:

Fiona Courage, Special Collections Manager


01273 678157

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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This Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since the 1981.

The entire Archive is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Please make an appointment to visit the Archive. Members of the public are welcome. There is normally no charge for access, except to media and commercial users. Special conditions apply to school visits.
Open Monday - Thursday, 9.15 - 17.00.

Additional info

Visitors with additional needs: There is a lift to the Archive in the Library, and there are toilets which are suitable for wheelchair access. Users can benefit from our assistive technology (purchased with a Heritage Lottery grant). Please advise us when you make your booking of any special needs that you may have.

The entire Mass Observation Archive is a Designated Collection of national importance.

This archive provides a written record of everyday life in the 20th and 21st centuries. This collection is a unique social document of the lives of ordinary people in the UK in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is of outstanding importance for the study of the social history of this period and for the development of social research methods. The collection is also invaluable for the study of the nature of personal representation and associated disciplines.

Collection details

Social History, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection