Organisation: Trinity Mirror Data Unit (United Kingdom)
Publication Date: 04/08/2016
Size of team/newsroom:small
DescriptionA data tool that allows you to search for your town and city and find out information based on the famous 1939 Register.
What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?Dubbed 'The Wartime Domesday Book', The 1939 Register is the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken. The register was taken on September 29, a few weeks after Britain declared war on Germany. In just one day 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the 41 million strong civilian population. I was given exclusive access to some of the data from the register by Find My Past who were digitising it for public use. The resultant article and data search tool - which was produced in collaboration with Carlos Nóvoa and Dmitri Thompson - allows a reader to see who they ‘would have been’ in 1939 by presenting the most common names and occupations of people in different towns across the country. This was the first time that this information was released into the public domain and makes this unique historical event relevant to today’s readers.
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