Printed structured diary booklets completed by members of the public.
BBC Time Diaries, 1961
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 181 SxMOA 12
- Dates of Creation1961
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description25 boxes; 10 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
From 1938, to assess how people used their time, the Audience Research department of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) periodically commissioned members of the public to complete printed structured diary booklets. One such survey was conducted in 1961, the data from which was reanalysed in the mid-1970s by Dr Jonathan Gershuny, while a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex.
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The collection is open to all bona fide researchers, by appointment only, telephone or email a week in advance of your intended visit. Researchers must abide by the conditions protecting the collection.
Deposited by Jonathan Gershuny in 1987, with the Mass-Observation Archive Trust which has deposited the collection with the University of Sussex.
Prepared by John Farrant, September 2002.
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See British Broadcasting Corporation, The People's activities (London: BBC, 1965), and J. I. Gershuny and S. Jones, 'Changing use of time: Britain 1961 to 1984', in Sport, leisure and social relations, edited by John Horne, David Jary and Alan Tomlinson, Sociological Review Monographs, 33 (1987), 9-50.