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Documenting the coronavirus

A number of community archives have responded to our appeal, asking them to share how they are documenting coronavirus. Here is a page pointing you towards their work.

Historic precedent
Photographic records
Experiences and reflections
Sounds and audio
Forthcoming

Elizabeth Parkinson, Senior Nurse (Sister) on Rodgett Infirmary at the Royal Albert Institution 1929

Elizabeth Parkinson, Senior Nurse (Sister) on Rodgett Infirmary at the Royal Albert Institution 1929. Image courtesy of Lancashire Learning Disability Institutions, and Mrs Maureen Gerrard

Historic precedent

St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society

Pandemics have been a feature of human history for thousands of years, and St Albans has not been spared.

Lancashire Learning Disability Institutions

researched the effect of previous pandemics. and how they impacted on a large long-stay institution for people who may be now labelled as having learning disabilities.

People meeting during lockdown at Rottingdean

People meeting during lockdown at Rottingdean. Chris Barbara ARPS. All Rights Reserved.

Photographic records

Hadleigh History

Images of lockdown added to historical pages of areas / streets.

CanveyIsland.org

Photographic record of lockdown, and interactive quiz involving old photos to keep people’s minds active.

Chatteris Community Archive

A photographic record of the area during coronavirus.

Abbotsley Community Archive

A photographic record of the area during coronavirus.

Chiara MacCall

Documenting lockdown life in Bedford, by taking photos of people – from a safe distance – in their homes.

purephotoni

Photographic documentation of Northern Ireland.

Public Source Publishing

Photographic documentation of Covid-19 pandemic.

Bert has a new lady friend Victoria (Vicki) keeping her social distance in Station Rd May 2020

Bert has a new lady friend Victoria (Vicki) keeping her social distance in Station Rd May 2020. Image courtesy of Harston History and Hilary Roadley

Experiences and reflections

KnowYour5k

A new initiative from the Heritage Council and National Museum of Ireland which provides an opportunity to share discoveries about our hidden heritage.

County Wicklow Heritage

Together Apart – creating  a record for future generations of Wicklow life 2020 through photos, stories, and experiences.

My Brighton and Hove

Collecting content about Brighton and Hove in the time of coronavirus, and interested in photos, memories, history notes, and links.

Board of Deputies of British Jews

Looking for ephemera in the form of online material related to Jewish life that might give future generations a nuanced sense of how societies were functioning, adapting and dealing with this unique period in time.

Museum of the Home

Stay Home Collecting Project, where they are documenting how our home lives are changing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Harston History

A look at how the Covid19 pandemic affected the lives of Harston people from March 2020.

Bottesford Living History

Life during lockdown, coronavirus special newsletter.

ASCEND

A community blanket project.

Kenley Revival

Blogging about lockdown.

Sound audio waves

Sound audio waves. Image by Mary Theresa McLean from Pixabay

Sounds and audio

Essex Sounds

Collating recordings made to capture the unique soundscapes of Essex after the  UK went into lockdown on 23 March.

Chipping Campden History

Inviting residents to record their thoughts, activities and experiences.

Forthcoming

Orwell Past and Present

Will produce a June edition of the magazine a ‘living history’  by inviting all residents to record their experiences.

Turvey History Society

Partnership with local people and schools, and inviting people also to submit photographs, drawings, accounts, audio or video clips to tell the story of life in Turvey lockdown.

Brentham Garden Suburb

Stories and images of what lockdown has been like, for a Brentham News special.

Lustleigh Society

Lustleigh in Lockdown seeks poems, snippets, nature notes etc. on life, work and leisure in Lustleigh during these times.

Watford Museum

Collecting artefacts and images of lockdown.

 

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