East and West Runton Aspects

East and West Runton - Two Villages, One Parish is a booklet which makes extensive use of historical documents from over the centuries. Census data from 1801 onwards can be used both to look up individuals and work out family relationships, but it can also be used to analyse the structure of a town or village.

The two Aspects linked to the East and West Runton booklet are designed to show some simple examples of how useful census data can be to historians. Both aspect pages make use of the same data, from the 1851 census records. The first activity sheet shows the data set in a tabular layout; the second provides a simple data management system which enables further analysis to be undertaken.

Aspect 1: The Runton Census 1851 - The Data

On this link you'll find an explanation of the data from the 1851 census which has been used. You can then click through to see the data itself. When undertaking data analysis, it is important to know how it has been structured, in order to correctly understand the results.

In general the data is transcribed directly from the original records, though some repetitive fields have not been included to save a bit of space,

There are some questions on the page, some of which will be quickly answered by looking at the data; others might be best answered using the data handling tools provided with the second activity sheet.

Aspect 2: The Runton Census 1851 - Analysis.

This activity sheet provides the same data as sheet one, but with some software tools which can be used to search, sort and analyse the information. The tools use Java code in your browser; you may need to change a 'permission' in your browser to allow it to be used. If you don't have it in your browser, a message will come up and help you download it; it is free software.

This data may give you some ideas for using data from your own town or village for working out what it was like in 1851, or one of those later decades for which suitable information is available. If you're using this at school, you probably have a database system into which you can put the data for your location, and then carry out your own investigation.

Aspect 3: The Runton Census 1851 - Starter questions

This is a page for printing out, to help you understand how to use the analysis tools available in Aspect 2.

Aspect 4: Locating the Pictures

This activity, page gives you an opportunity to see where the pictures in the booklet were taken. If you don't know the geography of the villages, you can see the basic layout here. The maps currently available don't show the shoreline in any detail, so one or two of the photos look as if you might have to get your feet wet - though they were simply taken when the tide was out!

A mini version of each picture is seen on screen.