Online Historical Population Reports

The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937.

The collection goes far beyond the basic population reports with a wealth of textual and statistical material which provide an in-depth view of the economy, society (through births, deaths and marriages) and medicine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

These 200,000 pages of census and registration material for the British Isles are supported by numerous ancillary documents from The National Archives, critical essays and transcriptions of important legislation which provide an aid to understanding the context, content and creation of the collection.

In digitising this resource the OHPR has enabled Browsing through the collection by date or geography, or Searching the content directly. Documents relating to the digitisation and web development process may be accessed via the Project tab.

OHPR is an AHDS History project, funded as part of the JISC Digitisation programme and is hosted by the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex.

Start date
Thursday, April 1, 2004
Completion date
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Source material
Collection of published census reports for the British Isles, all registration reports for England, Scotland and Wales and a selection of ancillary material published before the Second World War. The material exists in over 600 volumes, many of which are brittle or disintegrating, or on poorly indexed microfiche.