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Census and Society: an exhibition

This article was posted in Census, UK History.

Here in the UK on 27 March 2011, we take part in the ten-yearly census. To mark this occasion, the British Library are holding an exhibition Census & Society: why everyone counts from 7 March until 29 May 2011. The exhibition ‘explores how the census has influenced our view of society and how it has in turn been shaped by the values and priorities surrounding its implementation.’

The exhibition contains photographs, maps, public information broadcasts and cartoons, alongside insights from the census data itself. It also looks at how the census information has been used, and objections to it. It even discusses the numbers supporting the ‘Jedi religion’.

This YouTube discusses the content of the exhibition.

More information in the British Library press release.

Talking of objectors to the census, this is some of the Victorians who objected to the census.

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