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12 May 2013 – Mass Observation diaries

Here is your chance to record a day in your life for history. Let’s get our locality into the history books.
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Message from The Mass Observation Archive:

Be a Mass Observer for the day: The Mass Observation Archive is collecting diaries written on 12th May 2013 http://www.massobs.org.uk/12may  We are pleased to announced that the Mass Observation Archive is collecting 12th May day diaries again this year. The details are as follows:  In 1937 Mass Observation called for people from all parts of the UK to record everything they did from when they woke up in the morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May. This was the day of George VI’s Coronation. The resulting diaries provide a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of people across Britain, and have become an invaluable resource for those researching countless aspects of the era.
 
The Mass Observation Archive is repeating this call on 12th May 2013. The resulting diaries will be stored in the Archive alongside the 1937 documents. May 12th 2013 is likely to be quite an ordinary day, but for those researching, the ‘ordinary’ can often provide extraordinary results. Therefore, we would be very grateful if you could document your May 12th 2013 for the future.
 
Write as much as you can about what you do, who you meet, what you talk about, what you eat and drink, what you buy or sell, what you are working on, the places you visit, the people you meet, the things you read, see and hear around you and of course what you yourself think.
 
How to take part:
 
Diaries MUST be in electronic form – emails or as email attachments (as word documents or pdfs, preferably).
You should include a brief self-portrait: your age, where you live, whether you are married or single, your present job or occupation if you are working and any other information that you think is important to record.
 
If 12th May was a typical day for you please say so. If not, please say why it wasn’t Any reflections on the day and on how you felt while keeping the diary are welcome.
 
So that we can add your diary to the rest of the Archive for the future, please include the statement below at the end of your diary. If you don’t attach this statement, we won’t be able to keep your diary or make it part of the Archive.
 
“I donate my 12th May diary to the Mass Observation Archive. I consent to it being made publicly available as part of the Archive and assign my copyright in the diary to the Mass Observation Archive Trustees so that it can be reproduced in full or in part on websites, in publications and in broadcasts as approved by the Trustees”.
 
Please submit your responses by email: moa@sussex.ac.uk
  
Jessica
The Mass Observation Archive,
The Library, University of Sussex,
BN1 9QL, UK
 
Be a Mass Observer for the day: The Mass Observation Archive is collecting diaries written on 12th May 2013 http://www.massobs.org.uk/12may

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