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Census 2021 Famous Faces of the Borough

The first census was in 1801 and the most recent in 2011. The census is carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  It gives a snapshot of the nation and helps to plan and fund public services. This include schools, new homes and health services. The next one will happen on Sunday 21 March 2021. More information about census can be found here.

As we approach another national census this year, we take a look back through our records at the lives of notable local people from the past.

Tower Hamlets has been home to some notable people, and the census provides an insight into their lives. In addition to using the collections held here at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, we can build a picture of their lives. Navigate through the the biographies of five famous faces using the bar on the right hand side.

If you're interested in learning more about your own family, we have family history guides to support your research. Also, if you are a Tower Hamlets Idea Store user, for a limited time you will be able to access our subscription to Ancestry Library Edition for free from home. All you need to do is click on the link below, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted: