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Census Bicentenary

2001 marked the bicentenary of the Census in Britain. To celebrate this great British tradition we delved into the archives of census taking during the last two turbulent centuries revealing a wealth of census stories and facts - some are strange, others are amusing but all are true and based on real census returns.

Census forms are confidential and remain ‘closed’ for 100 years - so in 2001, only forms from 1901 and previous censuses could be viewed.

We look at how and why the census was created during the Industrial Revolution, the Victorian Era, two World Wars, post-war, and modern day Britain.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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