As part of the 1921 Census Project, Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to have launched a new Key Stage 2 educational resource pack for local schools.

The free resources can be downloaded here:

These resources offer teachers and teaching assistants free educational activities and sessions for pupils around how we used to live.

The activities explore Sussex residents, key groups and behaviours from the 1920s in a child appropriate way, to blend with cultural activities and learning, and linked to the national curriculum (Key Stage 2).

These reference the recently released 1921 Census from The National Archives (and also the Office for National Statistics 2021 Census process).

Activities include:

6 x lesson plans with suggestions and accompanying resources


Lesson plan PowerPoint with creative activities:

  • Discussion and presentation about 1921 census, what a census is, life 100 years ago and related topics including examples of people from Sussex in the census.
  • Workshop on making faux stained glass with children, utilising Sussex people from the census – will offer broad spread of footballers, women, key characters and groups.
  • Each child will have their own handmade creative material to take home.

If you have used this resource we would be grateful if you could please complete our short evaluation for the activities here.

Further information

This resource is part of a wider project with Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage in partnership with the University of Brighton’s Centre for Memory, Narratives and Histories including workshops, training, schools’ activities, public talks and webinars on key themes around the 1921 census.  This is a widening participation project.

Find out more about the Census 1921 project here.