With the 2021 Census coming on March 21, the opportunity remains to learn more about our history, as well as impact future generations.

Census 2021 will take a snapshot of society at an interesting time, as we manage the impact of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, and collect the most accurate estimate possible of all people and households in England and Wales.

The data collected will impact the future of the nation’s hospitals, schools, transport and other public services.

This year’s Census will be digital-first, for the first time in its history

Census director of operations, Pete Benton said:

“After years of planning, the census is almost upon us. In the coming days and weeks you will be hearing more and more about why the census is so important, why you must take part and, crucially, how you can take part…Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

Census information offers us fascinating insights into our own histories. 

The first basic Census was held in 1801 when Britain’s population was recorded at nine million – although the 1841 census was the first to record the names and personal information of occupants in each household.

The Census has been carried out every 10 years since – other than in 1941 during World War II.

The information submitted will be held confidentially for 100 years, under the Census Act 1920, as amended by the Census (Confidentiality) Act 1991 c.6, which makes it an offence to disclose personal information held in them until 100 years after the date they were conducted.