The Mass Observation Project began in 1981 and directives (sets of questions) were sent to correspondents up to four times a year between 1981 and 1990 (Directives summary). Below you can find the directives as well as folders of responses from selected correspondents. Some are handwritten and some are typed and they vary considerably in length.
Professor Dorothy Sheridan has written about the Mass Observation Project in the 1980s in this papers: Description of the 1980s Mass Observation directives
The responses are stored in Google Drive where you will see a list of folders, one for each correspondent. Clicking on a folder will take you to a PDF file which you can print or download. Mass Observation correspondents are anonymous – each has a unique reference number and you can more from our metadata table.
A few correspondents also sent in additional writings, known as special reports, and you can find them in a separate folder labelled Special Reports. They are collated by correspondent and you can find out about the topics they address in the metadata table.
Or you can browse by correspondent