Mass Observation Day

Join Cornwall Film Festival in Creating a Snapshot of Life in Cornwall


This year’s Mass Observation event is a fantastic opportunity to capture the everyday lives of people across the UK. The first Mass Observation in 1937 coincided with the coronation of George VI and provides a fascinating glimpse into the everyday lives of people across Britain. 

On the 12th May, 2021 the Mass Observation Archive is calling on people to record a ‘day diary’, recording everything they do from the moment they wake up that morning until they go to bed that night.  

Whether you’re working from home, doing the school run, getting a Covid jab or catching up with a friend over coffee, we want to hear about it. Just jot down everything you do that day and add anything you’d like to share about your life in 2021. This could be your thoughts on the day, reflecting on the past year, or anything else you’d like to share.  

The written diaries will be stored in the Mass Observation Archive, helping to paint a picture of life in 21st century Britain and providing an invaluable insight into our lives for future generations of researchers and educators.

For information on the project and how to contribute, visit the Mass Observation site:

Download the template here > 12th_may_diary_templateupdate

You can participate by sending your diary entries to on the 12th of May, or take part on Twitter using the hashtag #12May21. Cornwall Film Festival will be taking part and sharing across all our platforms. 

You can also join in the Mass Observation event though Cornwall Film Festival’s ESF Get Creative! Workshops. Our Health, Wellness and Creativity – Cultivate Your Interest programme encourages you to find your creativity and write, even if you’ve never tried before. The workshops are open to everybody and include: Diaries and Journaling, Haiku, Novel Writing, Journalism and Article Writing, Poetry, Biography and Autobiography. You don’t need any qualifications or previous experience! Join us from the comfort of your home, and let us help you cultivate your creativity. Workshops are free to Cornish residents (*subject to completion of ESF ID check and participants form).

You can follow the project on our Twitter: @Cornwallfilm Facebook: Corwallfilmfestival or Instagram: @cornwallfilm

We want to celebrate self-care, and unleash your creativity!


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