Friday, 6 August 2010

Mass Observation Community Online (MOCO)

The Greenacre Project has recently become part of an exciting new project and needs your help!
The Mass Observation Communities Online (MOCO) project is working together with community groups from across the country, and we are happy to be one of them.
The project, which is based at the University of Sussex, uses Mass Observation material to assist people to record the changing history of their own communities. The Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. For over 60 years, it has been developing questionnaires and diary writing techniques which build up a picture of life round the country. (see attached history)
The MOCO project is making a selection of MOA material freely available online for the first time. You can visit the MOCO website on and look at the material there and also see how you can become involved.
As a member of Greenacres, you are invited to take part in the project through a series of easy tasks including photography, diary writing and answering a questionnaire.
Learn more about the project at or contact me for further details.

Answer our questionnaire: this task gives your group members a unique opportunity to answer a historical MO questionnaire from the 1930s!


Keep a diary for a day: this task invites individuals to write a diary about their experiences and feelings for a day.

Keep a diary for a day

Observe life in a café: this task invites individuals to observe and record life in a café for an afternoon.

Record life in a cafe

Photograph a street: this task invites individuals to take 6 photos or a 5 minute video of their neighbourhood or an area of interest.

Photograph a street

Individuals can participate in any and as many of the tasks as they like. There will be the option for participants to contribute anonymously if desired. All material contributed by your group members will show on you group’s own MOCO page on

MOCO invites you to participate in…

A day in your Life: 12th August 2010

We are inviting community groups to participate in an exciting nation-wide one day history-making event…

In 1937, Mass Observation ( called for people from all parts of the UK to record everything they did and thought from when they woke up in the morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May. The resulting diaries provide a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of all sorts of people in the late 1930s. They are stored, with many other diaries and papers, at the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex.
Mass Observation Communities Online ( is expanding upon this tradition by asking community groups to participate in a nation-wide initiative. On August 12th we are inviting community group members to submit a photo diary of their day (six photos) or a written account of their day via the MOCO website.

The MOCO team does all of the work – the only thing your community group needs to do is ask your group members to participate via our user friendly website – we can provide you with all the relevant information.

With participation across the country, we are aiming to create a national archive of written and photographic accounts that will reflect a day in the life, not only of individuals across the UK, but also of the members of your specific communities. This will result in a valuable record of your community or organisation that each group will be able to keep. The submissions will also be displayed on the MOCO online archive and donated to the historic Mass Observation Archive.

For more information contact:

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