A unique snapshot into 1920s Britain – now available as an add-on subscription for library subscribers of  Findmypast.

We are delighted that public library subscriptions for the 1921 Census of England and Wales are now available to order!

What is the 1921 Census?

The result of a major three-year project in partnership with the National Archives, the 1921 Census provides access to the most extensive British Census ever taken.

Exclusive to Findmypast until end of 2025, it captures the details of more than 38 million people from over 8.5 million households and all manner of public and private institutions ranging from prisons and military bases to public schools and workhouses.

By adding the Census to your Findmypast subscription you can provide your patrons with opportunities to uncover the lives of their ancestors,  the history of their homes and communities, as well as provide a fascinating snapshot of life during an era that will resonate with many today.

How can public libraries obtain access to the 1921 Census?

The 1921 Census is available as an add-on to a Findmypast subscription – it is not available on its own.  Please contact us or call +44(0) 1865 987211 for a price quote. If your library doesn’t already subscribe to Findmypast we can quote for both.

See also the British Newspaper Archive, the perfect complement to Findmypast  and the Census for family history researchers, also available through JCS.


  • Offers an unprecedented glimpse into life 100 years ago, detailing life after WW1, impact of the Spanish Flu pandemic, economic turmoil, housing crisis and major social change
  • Captures the details of 38 million individuals, from 8.5 million households providing never before seen insights into life in the 1920s
  • Records reveal the lives of both the ordinary and extraordinary, documenting everyone from war veterans, widows and orphans, working women and vagrants to prominent individuals mathematician and Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, Lord of the Rings author R. R. Tolkien, Tale of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, The Royal Family and many more
  • Advanced technology allows patrons to easily find and view 1921 census documents these can be saved online and added to Findmypast personal accounts if held.

Access options

IP Authentication

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available, please request them via JCS

Promotional materials and downloads

The 1921 Census is here! – Blog from Findmypast introducing the census and the information and insights it brings us.