The Carnegie dietary survey of interwar Britain

Shave, Samantha (2015) The Carnegie dietary survey of interwar Britain. Local Population Studies, 94 (1). pp. 71-79. ISSN 0143-2974

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This research note describes an under-used collection of papers which document interwar income, nutrition and health in Britain which were created in the administration of the Carnegie Dietary Survey by John Boyd-Orr in the Rowett Institute with funding from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust. The survey was conducted in 16 rural and urban places across England and Scotland between 1937-9, and are now held at the Specialist Collections Centre at the University of Aberdeen. While the importance of the survey in informing knowledge about nutrition and the development of rationing has been acknowledged in the field of social medicine, the survey data has primarily been used by epidemiological scientists and economic historians. After outlining the survey's past influences and uses, this item details the possible ways the data could be used by social, economic and local population historians.

Keywords:income, health, nutrition, interwar, social surveys, Britain, 1930s
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V310 Economic History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:30592
Deposited On:24 Apr 2018 07:54

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