Workshop with the Mass Observation Archive

An Arts project Brighton BN1

Workshop with the Mass Observation Archive

Join Evlynn Sharp and staff from the MOA to explore Mass Observation by using poetry.

About the project 

The Mass Observation Archive wants to run a creative writing workshop

Poet Evlynn Sharp and staff from the Mass Observation Archive will lead this one-day workshop in the art of themed creative writing and research. Based at The Keep, the Archive’s superb new building in Brighton, this one-day workshop comprises practical writing, reflection and research sessions.

Participants will be introduced to Mass Observation and have the opportunity to explore original archive material full of personal testimony and memories across decades, whilst finding starting points to use autobiographical writing amidst the social and political context of British culture. You will learn how to use archive material to inspire your writing, develop creative writing skills in a supportive atmosphere and gain insight into using research facilities at The Keep.

The Mass Observation Archive cultivates knowledge of people’s everyday lives in Britain. It is housed in one of the country’s premier research facilities open to everyone to creatively build and develop their understanding and research interests.

This Write & Research workshop is designed for people of all abilities and diversities, and The Keep is fully accessible to all.

Evlynn Sharp is a Scottish poet, arts facilitator and creative writing tutor. Her recent poetry performances and exhibitions include Edges & Extremes: Shetland and Cornwall people, places, industry at the Scottish Parliament and forthcoming at Tate Modern. Edges & Extremes (Arts Council England and Creative Scotland) reflects distinctive voices, patterns, landscapes and rhythms of people’s lives. Evlynn has extensive experience of writing residencies in prisons, hospitals, schools and colleges, devising specific projects with groups including bereaved prisoners, women survivors of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers. She has most recently worked with the Mass Observation Archive for the Festival of Social Science and creative writing workshops at Lewes Prison.

The workshop will be run on Saturday 26th April 9.45am – 4.30pm at The Keep, Brighton ( 

The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

About the Mass Observation Archive

The Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981. The Archive is a charitable trust in the care of the University of Sussex. It is housed at The Keep as part of the University's Special Collections.

The Mass Observation Archive is a registered charity (number: 270218).