The National Archives

The National Archives has a selection of activities that students can use online. Everything on the list that follows is related to the census but not all refer to the 1911 census.

Being a census detective

Being a census detective

Being a census detective

Includes an activity on the 1911 census. What can you find out?

Investigate the census in Chelsea in 1891

Investigate the census in Chelsea in 1891

Investigate the census in Chelsea in 1891

This activity involves the use of several different sources. It is a good starter to show how maps and photographs can be related to the census documents.

Why the government held a census in 1971

Why the government held a census in 1971

Why the government held a census in 1971

We need facts. An introductory film that explains why the 1971 census was taken. A good starting point for discussion about the 2011 census.

Film from the 1900s

Film from the 1900s

Film from the 1900s (The National Archives – Focus on Film)

View films about Folkestone in 1904 and Canterbury in 1920.

Suffragettes on Film

Suffragettes on Film


Suffragettes on Film (The National Archives – Focus on Film)

View films about the Suffragettes from 1908 to 1913

How can we find out about the life of a Victorian child using family sources?

How can we find out about the life of a Victorian child?

How can we find out about the life of a Victorian child using family sources?

By completing a number of tasks you will be able to build up a picture of the family history of William Robert Towers, a young Victorian boy.

How can I investigate a family history?

How can I investigate a family history?

How can I investigate a family history?

This is a source that teachers might like to dip into. Family history can be a delicate matter for many children and the choice of setting work for children on family history should be carefully considered.

Britain 1906 – 1918

Britain 1906 – 1918


Britain 1906 – 1918

Six Galleries studying Welfare Reform, Women, Society and the Vote and War and Change in Britain plus another Gallery devoted to Review and Revision.