Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
One of the most exciting things about the Observing the 80s project is never quite knowing how and why it will be used. As a team we always felt that it was important that the raw data should be an open as possible in more ways than one. Not only is everything available under a … Read more
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Mass Observation has taken our work in many directions but in May last year we found ourselves entering a Prison…
( Image, Inside Lewes Prison – The Argus)
We had the idea of working with prisoners at Lewes, because back in 2011 we had put out a call to Prison Librarians nationally to encourage inmates … Read more
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Image courtesy of UCU Sussex, Lewis Nielson one of the students currently facing disciplinary action at Sussex.
Youtube film courtesy of verymovingpictures
This post is a little bit different from usual Observing the Eighties posts, although it is certainly informed by the diversity and possibilities of our project.
I don’t usually engage with the autobiographical in … Read more
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
About a year ago I posted the Observing the Eighties first Christmas message. We were still in the snagging stage then. A year later the project is up, running and being used in ways we hadn’t even imagined. It seems appropriate to hand this year’s Christmas Message over to someone who has something new to … Read more
Monday, November 18th, 2013
On Friday 8th November I introduced and chaired the ESRC Festival of Social Science sponsored event ‘What is Happiness?’ organised by Mass Observation at the Quadrant Pub, Brighton. On a rainy, dark, Friday evening four different academics sat in the pub to talk about how their work illuminated the idea of Happiness. The … Read more
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Here is a written up version of my talk at this year’s Rest is Noise Festival that was part of their weekend on politics and spirituality in the late 20th century. I’ve added a couple of thoughts as I went along based on contributions from the audience. One thing that really … Read more
Monday, October 28th, 2013
Observing the 80s is delighted to share this week’s guest blog post from Professor Steven Fielding of Nottingham University.
In the wake of Labour’s disastrous 1983 campaign Tony Benn informed readers of the Guardian newspaper that despite appearances it was a great achievement, because, ‘for the first time since 1945, a political party with an … Read more
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Monday, September 30th, 2013
This summer Lucy Robinson invited Ben Jones to use the Observing the 80s resources to write a paper for the New Times Revisited conference held at the University of Birmingham. The panel included papers by Lucy and Jill Kirby, who expertly introduced the resource. Here Ben reflects on how the material challenged his assumptions … Read more