Everyday life in the COVID-19 pandemic: Full set of videos now available

During 2021, supported by the British Academy, we collaborated with Jessica Scantlebury and Kirsty Pattrick at the Mass Observation Archive (MOA) to organise a seminar series on everyday life in the COVID-19 pandemic. Over six months, 16 papers were presented by 20 speakers from universities, archives, and think tanks in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, … Continue reading

Using Mass Observation’s COVID-19 collections: Videos of the seminar series

The seminar series runs from May to November 2021. For more more information on the seminar series, please see The video of the first seminar is now available. The playlist for videos of all the seminars can be found on Mass Observation’s YouTube channel here:

Using Mass Observation’s Covid-19 Collections: Seminar Schedule

Here is the schedule for this online seminar series. The seminars will be on Wednesday afternoons, 1400-1600 GMT. If you’d like to receive joining instructions, please e-mail The organisers are Nick Clarke (University of Southampton) and Clive Barnett (University of Exeter), with Kirsty Pattrick and Jessica Scantlebury (Mass Observation Archive). We thank the British … Continue reading

Online seminar series: Using Mass Observation’s Covid-19 Collections

What? Since March 2020, Mass Observation (MO) has collected diaries and other writing from thousands of people across Britain on everyday life during the Covid-19 pandemic. This online seminar series will bring together archivists and researchers to discuss how best to use MO’s Covid-19 collections and the methodological challenges they present. The archivists will provide … Continue reading

Call for papers (RGS-IBG 2021): Governing the Covid-19 pandemic

Call for papers, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, online paper session(s). Governing the Covid-19 pandemic. Convenors: Nick Clarke (University of Southampton) and Clive Barnett (University of Exeter). Much public debate during the Covid-19 pandemic has focused on the problem of compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions. Key questions in this debate have included: what are the rules, are they … Continue reading

Five lessons for using Mass Observation’s Covid-19 collections (plus five ways of solving the problem of representativeness)

One part of our project focuses on Covid-19 and the questions of responsibility outlined in our previous blog, but another part focuses on Mass Observation’s Covid-19 collections and questions of method. In the following blog, we outline some initial thoughts on using MO’s Covid-19 collections. At some point in 2021, we hope to organise a … Continue reading


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