FEATURE6 November 2019

Mapping the nation

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Conducted once a decade, the census maps the population and provides vital insight for researchers and the government, but may soon cease to exist in its current form. Katie McQuater explores the past, present and future of the national survey.

The first census in Britain was conducted in the Gaelic kingdom of Dalriada, on the west coast of Scotland, in the seventh century. Senchus fer n-Alban (The history of the men of Scotland) differed vastly from modern censuses in that ...