Author Archives: Lucy Robinson

Monday, March 31st, 2014

History 3490 at York University, Toronto


The most exciting thing about moving into the second year of the Observing the 80s project is seeing how people are using the resources.

Project hero Prof  Stephen Brooke has been inviting his students at York University, Toronto, to engage with the resources as part of their coursework for History 3490: 20th Century Britain in … Read more

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Using Observing the 80s – Dr Daryl Leeworthy

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

Behind Bars; Observing the 80s at Lewes Prison

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 … Read more

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Footloose and the Politics of Pleasure


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