Online Historical Population Reports Project
The Histpop project digitised census reports and other registration material, in order to assist researchers with searching, viewing and downloading many historical population reports, many of which contain statistical tables.
The aim of this History Data Service project was to develop a
web-based user interface allowing browsing, searching, viewing and
downloading images of historical population reports. The interface
also allows the viewing and downloading of machine-readable
versions of a number of statistical tables contained within the
The first phase of the JISC-funded Online Historical Population Reports Project ended in June 2007. This first phase digitised 193,407 pages of population reports and developed a web-based user interface allowing browsing, searching, viewing and downloading the digitised images. The interface also allows the viewing and downloading of machine-readable versions of a number of statistical tables contained within the reports.
All published reports before 1937 were digitised and made available on the (Histpop) website. This includes over 600 volumes of census reports, reports of the Registrars-General and associated published statistical material emanating from both the English and Scottish General Registers Offices and their predecessors, from 1801 through to 1933, along with a selection of associated material in The National Archives (TNA) giving insight into the administrative procedure followed in the taking of the census; and the collection of registration material.
The final system is capable of delivering, either in image or in textual format, the entire collection of published census materials for the British Isles and all registration material for England, Wales and Scotland published before World War II.
The Histpop website was launched in London in January 2007 by Duncan Macniven (Registrar-General, GRO Scotland). A closing address was given by Dr Malcolm Read, the Executive Secretary of JISC. Since launch to the end of September 2008, over 1.4 million pages were viewed by almost unique 60,000 users in 93,000 visits.
The History Data Service at the UK Data Archive ran the whole project.