However, the differences it highlights between the 1911 and 2011 census are interesting e.g.
- In 1911 the census fitted on one sheet of paper. This year it will fill up about 30 pages
- The husband was automatically the Head of the household - not sure if that would be tolerated today!
- The language used to describe infirmity e.g. imbecile, lunatic feels uncomfortable
Ultimately though the purposes of the censuses remain the same - it is important to find out how many people are in your country. What remains to be seen is that will 2011 be the last census undertaken in the UK?