Historic Census Microdata

The Enhancing and Enriching Historic Census Microdata (EEHCM) project is structured in two phases.

In the first phase, record-level data will be recovered from archival data held by the relevant data controllers. This will involve extracting, transforming and reloading all existing data files and applying variable and value labels. These data will be delivered to the data controllers for permanent preservation.

The second phase will involve the specification and creation of the Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from these complete datasets. The end result will be a series of datasets which will be harmonised with the existing SARs for 1991 and 2001, available from the UK Data Service.

1981 data

End User Licence
Available to registered users who have agreed to the licence conditions. Overseas applications must be approved by the data depositors.

Secure Access
Available through the Secure Lab arrangements.

Open data
The 1981 Census Microdata Teaching Dataset for Great Britain can be used as a 'taster' file for 1981 Census data and is freely available for anyone to download under an Open Government Licence.

1971 DATA

End User Licence
Available to registered users who have agreed to the licence conditions. Overseas applications must be approved by the data depositors.

Secure Access
Available through the Secure Lab arrangements.

Open data
The 1981 Census Microdata Teaching Dataset for Great Britain can be used as a 'taster' file for 1981 Census data and is freely available for anyone to download under an Open Government Licence.

1961 DATA

End User Licence
Available to registered users who have agreed to the licence conditions. Overseas applications must be approved by the data depositors.

Secure Access
Available through the Secure Lab arrangements.

Open data
The 1981 Census Microdata Teaching Dataset for Great Britain can be used as a 'taster' file for 1981 Census data and is freely available for anyone to download under an Open Government Licence.

Our contribution

Principal Investigator: Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Service

Co-Investigator: Jo Wathan, Research Fellow at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research and a member of the UK Data Service User Support and Training team

Strategic Manager: Tanvi Desai, UK Data Archive

Operational Manager: Graham Jolliffe, UK Data Archive

Data Architect: Arne Wolters, UK Data Archive

Specification and Consultation: Lee Bentley and John McLoughlin, Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Dates: October 2012 to March 2014

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