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Using 'big data' to explore household and family structures in England and Wales in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

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This presentation will explore the rise of ‘big data’ in historical research with specific reference to the Integrated Census Microdata database (I-CeM) covering England, Scotland and Wales for the period 1851 to 1911 and examine the potential (and problems) of such data. It will focus on a study in household and family structure for the period covered by the I-CeM data and provide examples of where ‘big data’ can add to our knowledge in comparison to more traditional localised studies – and where it can’t.

This talk is part of the Core Seminar in Economic and Social History series.

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