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3rd December, 2020

Engaging the public with Census 2021

2021 marks a significant year of change for the census.

On 21 March 2021, the censuses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will run predominantly online for the first time and, in Scotland, the census will be postponed until 2022 due to the impact of COVID-19.

It is anticipated that this may be the final traditionally organised census in the UK.

To mark this major national event, we are looking for innovative and ambitious proposals for public engagement activity that will capture the public’s imagination in the census and take people on a journey of discovery.

We encourage applicants to think creatively about the project and to embrace diverse public engagement methods to engage people in the census and their research on a broad and/or deep level.

We particularly encourage applications that propose collaborating and/or engaging under-represented audiences and communities.

Applicants are encouraged to think widely about how they might engage with the theme of ‘Census 2021’.

Below is a list of sample topics that applicants may wish to consider:

  • historical perspectives (for example history of the census; social, cultural, economic or military histories; local and national histories)
  • human geography
  • demography
  • social anthropology
  • religion and spirituality
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • mental health
  • genealogy
  • ‘lost voices’, for example people not recorded or mis-recorded
  • longitudinal studies
  • economics
  • policy
  • ethics.

Closing date 15 December 2020 16:00 UK time

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