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How the 12th May Diaries can help us to understand death and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Chloe Daniel – Mass Observation Archive Assistant Content warning: this post discusses the themes of death and dying ‘After she died, I fretted that I might not have been praying hard enough or in the right way or not

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Collections reading group

By Richard Wragg – Collections Manager For the last few months, the Collections Team have been meeting for a reading group. The texts we have chosen to discuss have all had a focus on decolonisation, equality and diversity. The reading

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Posted in BLDS (British Library for Development Studies), Collection Development, Collections, IDS, Legacy collection, MO (Mass Observation), Special Collections, The Keep, Uncategorised, UOSH (Unlocking Our Sound Heritage)

12th May 2020 an introduction to the diaries

By Chloe Daniel – Mass Observation Archive Assistant 23 March, 2020. The country, along with life as we knew it, stopped. School’s out. Non-essential shopping is no longer permitted. Gatherings involving more than two people now prohibited. You may only

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Telling the time and temporal rhythms

Evidence from the MOA Autumn 2017 directive One-day diary: organising and experiencing time By Clare Holdsworth, Keele University Writing a one-day diary is a key activity of being a MOA correspondent. One-day diaries are often used in directives, including the

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A Taste of History – Travelling back in time through recipes and Mass Observation

By Dr Stella Sims In this video project I recreate recipes taken from, or inspired by 1941 food diaries held at the Mass Observation Archive, going back in time to a moment in history to cook and taste what someone

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