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How to view the 1921 census for free

The 1921 census is free to view at The National Archives in London, Manchester Central Library and the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth

The 1921 census will be available to view for free at Manchester Central Library
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Published: January 12, 2022 at 9:39 am
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The National Archives (TNA) has announced that the 1921 census for England and Wales will be free to view at two public libraries as well as at TNA in Kew after its release.


The census, which holds the records of the 38 million people living in England and Wales at the time, was published on family history website Findmypast on 6 January 2022.

View 1921 census records for England and Wales here.

The records are free to access on Findmypast at Manchester Central Library and the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, as well as at TNA in London.

Access at Manchester Central Library will be supported by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society helpdesk and the Archives+ Team.

Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections at TNA, said: “We understand the excitement and anticipation of this release and, by making the census available online, we are hugely increasing its accessibility.

“These hubs will offer an important alternative to those not able to log on from home. Without commercial partnerships of this kind, and the associated charges, the alternative for everyone would be to work through the papers themselves at The National Archives.”

The 1921 census is available to view online on Findmypast at a cost of £2.50 for every record transcript and £3.50 for every individual image, with a 10% discount for Findmypast’s Pro subscribers (with an annual renewing subscription).

TNA also announced 20sPeople, a programme of events and activities to coincide with the release of the census.

This includes The 1920s: Beyond the Roar, a new exhibition opening on 21 January.

The exhibition web page says: “Visitors will first experience a daytime urban street, featuring a polling station, post office and draper’s shop, before moving into a recreation of the famed 43 Club in Soho.


“Both areas will feature key original documents from our collections alongside audio, film, graphics and interactive elements to help bring the 1920s to life.”


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