How long did we live?

As of the 23rd May 2022 this website is archived and will receive no further updates. was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

Many of the animations were produced using Flash and will no longer work.

We thought it would be interesting to extend our Survival animation backwards in time. With some help by the ONS Centre for Demography we've been able to go back roughly to 1845.

You can access the Early Life Tables online here. There is a little difficulty in placing the very early tables on the time line, since they cover overlapping periods, but we've done our best to make some sense of them.

You might find it interesting to enter your own age in the animation and see what your survival prospects were in 1845!

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