Time diaries on use of leisure time, 1983-84

Scope and Content

Material generated by a survey of the use of leisure time.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1983-84, in the course of research on changing patterns in the use of time in Britain, Jonathan Gershuny, then a Research Fellow in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, conducted a survey of how people used their leisure time. The survey work was undertaken by Social & Community Planning Research.

Access Information

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.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jonathan Gershuny in 1987 to 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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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction conditions vary. Please consult the Head of Special Collections.

Related Material

SxMOA 12 BBC Time Diaries (1961)


See J. I. Gershuny and S. Jones, 'Changing use of time: Britain 1961 to 1984', Sociological Review Monographs, 33 (1987), 9-50.