Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research


The University of Sussex is a leading international centre for life history research, oral history, and life writing research and teaching. University of Sussex researchers have published extensively in the fields of oral history and life writing, and have initiated pioneering training courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

A key asset in this high profile is the unique and prestigious Mass-Observation Archive which is an international research resource and the base for an ongoing research project involving autobiographical writing. Established in 1999, the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research aims:
  • to highlight University of Sussex experience and expertise in the field of life history and life writing research, both within the University and beyond;
  • to link the theory and methods of oral history with the analysis and practice of life writing
  • to provide an institutional forum for Sussex faculty who have a research interest in these fields, encourage synergy from present activities, and provide a democratic forum for further developments;
  • to establish institutional links with like-minded research centres in Britain and overseas;
  • to seek funding for life history and life writing research projects and events;
  • to facilitate University of Sussex recruitment of postgraduate students in the field of life history and life writing research;
  • to consolidate, develop and promote the research element of Mass-Observation Archive activities. Visit the Mass Observation website or take a look at some Mass Observation material through Mass Observation Online.