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

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

The second phase involved the specification and creation of the Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from these complete datasets. The end result was a series of datasets which were 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.

UK Data Service 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

UK Data Service 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