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Who do we think we are?

April 2008

Why is everyone talking about Census data, family history and national identity?

Who do we think we are?

Who do you think you are? is one of the surprise hit TV shows of the decade – with a massive three-day live festival in London now celebrating its success.

Coinciding with this, the UK government has just re-launched its flagship population research website National Statistics.

While at the same time, politicians and the media have been debating immigration figures and national identity, asking: “What does it mean to be British?”

Together, these three news stories place a spotlight on the crucial importance of population data and statistics – for working out who we are, where we came from and how the places we inhabit may change in the future.

In the Members' Area:

  • Who do you think you are? at London Olympia
  • How do Census records from the 1800s help us study geography?
  • UK National Statistics website is re-launched
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