To coincide with the 2011 census, the British Library is holding a free exhibition the history, reasons and social impact behind the UK’s population count.
Opening on March 7th, Census & Society: why everyone counts will include examples of data from censuses alongside materials which illustrate how life in Britain is changing.
Ian Cooke, Social Science Curator at the British Library, says the census “provides rich insights into many aspects of our daily lives and families.”
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see photographs, maps, public information broadcasts and cartoons, alongside insights from the census data itself.
Exhibits include copies of census returns for political author and campaigner Annie Besant and Augustus Petermann’s 1841 population density map, one of the earliest of its kind.
Census & Society: why everyone counts is open from 7 March to 29 May 2011 in the Folio Society Gallery at the British Library. Admission to the exhibition is FREE.
For more information visit: www.bl.uk/census