Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Access demand for 1921 census

"He can’t be bargained with, can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel pity or remorse, and he absolutely will not stop - ever."

For some, that is a classic movie quote description of The Terminator. To me, however, I like to think of it as describing the continuing efforts of genealogical bloodhound Guy Etchells! Not content with obtaining the release in England and Wales of the 1911 census and the 1939 National Register, Guy is now turning his attention to plugging the gap in the middle - the 1921 census.

In times of economic stress such as these the government might be open to any idea that could generate useful revenue and the 1921 census is one such project.

A way to generate income, provide jobs and boost the economy all at the same time without making cuts. Such a policy must be popular with the electorate.

The National Audit Office report on the release of the 1901 census stated that the internet access to the 1901 generated revenues of £4.5 million by October 2003, less than one year. In five years that amounts to a conservative sum of £22.5 million and useful figure for even a government to play with.

I would therefore like to suggest a campaign to encourage the government to release the 1921 now. Now is the time to write to Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament - we may be able to obtain a change in policy.

If you want access to the 1921 census now is possibly the only time to act. Write to your MP and/or other Members of Parliament.

House of Commons,

Even people from overseas can write to MPs.


I suspect that in today's climate, nothing is impossible. For details on your locally elected representatives, see

(With thanks to Guy Etchells)

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