Cement your place in the fabric of history by completing the Census 2021

Published: Wednesday 3 March 2021

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Households across Kensington and Chelsea will soon be asked to take part in Census Day 2021.

As the census only comes around every 10 years, now is your chance to mark your place in history within a long-lasting record that future generations can find.

It will be the first census run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to easily complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets and paper copies will also be available.

The census gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. 

Cllr Anne Cyron, Lead Member for Communities, said: “We encourage everyone to fill out the census, it’s quick and easy and really helps to shape the services and funding allocated to your local community. This could be everything from doctors’ surgeries and schools to new bus stops, your entry could really make a difference in your area. You also may be the first in your family to do it, so the census is a great way for future generations to find out about your life today.”

Census Day will be on Sunday 21 March 2021, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out the census and only ever publish anonymous information from it. The information you share cannot be used to influence benefit claims, immigration status or your taxes. In fact, personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

Time to make history, show us your time capsule!

Join the #Census2021TimeCapsule photo competition for your chance to win £100 Amazon gift vouchers.

1. Simply take a photo on your quilt of the five things that represent your life today.

2. Post your photo on Instagram with a brief description of your items and tag @kensingtonandchelseacouncil plus five friends.

3. Use the #Census2021TimeCapsule hashtag and enter by Census Day March 21 for your chance to win.

What's it all for you might ask?

With Census Day 2021 taking place on March 21, get ready to be represented within this once-in-a-decade survey.

You may be the first in your family to fill out a census, but it’s really your chance to stamp your mark on the fabric of history.

The entries will also be collected and released in 10 years as a digital time capsule.

If you need help with the census, visit www.census.gov.uk.

Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms carefully before you submit a picture to be considered for the challenge.

About the candidates

Anyone is eligible to enter the contest. Members of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) staff (either permanent or temporary, current or former), interns, contractors and/or sponsors may participate, but are not eligible to win. The candidates must follow the photo challenge rules as outlined in the social media posts to be eligible to win.

Technical specifications for submitted photos

The photo(s) must be posted as a high-resolution JPEG (as high as your camera will allow). The photo must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organisations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.

The photo must be an original creation - no copyrighted images may be used.

The participant must certify and warrant that the submitted photo(s) does not violate the rights of a third party or any copyright. RBKC is not responsible for intellectual property violations that might have resulted through the submissions of photos.

Judging and notification of selected photographers

After the contest closes at 23.59 on 21 March 2021 (GMT), qualifying photos will be judged on adherence to the contest challenge through its message clarity, composition and overall presentation. RBKC will appoint a panel to judge the entries. The panel’s decision is final. Any attempt by a participant to influence the result or subvert the photo competition will lead to immediate disqualification.

The time capsule photo selected will be announced in April 2021 and the applicant will be notified via Instagram.

If an entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, RBKC reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.

Rights and ownership

By submitting their photos to RBKC, participants agree to grant RBKC a royalty-free, non-exclusive and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish or otherwise use, and authorise others to use the photo in any manner and media, including, but not limited to the right to adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate in printed or electronic media even if they are not the winning entries.

Participants may be asked to take part in publicity activities.


RBKC reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest or any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items directly or indirectly related to the contest, at any time and for any reason if deemed necessary.

The personal information provided to RBKC by the participants shall only be used for the purposes of this contest.

RBKC will be awarding a £100 gift voucher to the winning entry.

Participation in the contest, including being selected as the photo challenge winner in no manner constitutes an endorsement or support by RBKC of the candidates’ views or aims or of any products or services. Candidates shall not advertise or otherwise claim to have obtained any such endorsement or support. The RBKC name and logo are the property of RBKC and should not be used in any manner whatsoever without the prior consent of RBKC.

RBKC must approve in writing any statement, advertisement, press release or similar communication in any media as to the contents thereof and the manner of its presentation and publication, relating to candidates participation in the competition.