Thursday, October 18, 2012

Free 1911 census

Until 18 November 2012, view a 1911 census transcript for free on – this usually costs 10 credits. They've also lowered the cost of viewing an original 1911 census image – you'll pay just 5 credits instead of 30. Which means that when we start Term 4 at The Community Centre we will be able to do much more!

An example of the fascinating insight the 1911 census can give us into the past is the census return. Mary Howey, a 27-year-old suffragette, demonstrates her political views by writing 'votes for women' across her census form. In the infirmity column of the census, Mary wrote 'not enfranchised', which the enumerator has crossed out in red.

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