You can still share your life in lockdown to create a lasting memory for future generations

Friday, August 28, 2020

Lancashire County Council would like to thank everyone who has already shared their personal experiences of everyday life in lockdown during the current coronavirus pandemic.



Already over 90 submissions have been received ranging from diaries, photographs and drawings to cartoons and handprints. These entries will form part of the new collection that is being created, so that future generations can understand the personal and very real impact of Covid-19.

The council's Archives Service is keen to include as many of people's personal experiences as possible in the collection, and is reminding residents that they can still send in their entries to show how their life has changed.

Submissions can include artwork, sketches, stories, poems, sound recordings, short video recordings or photographs about what is different now and how this makes them feel.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we think that it is important to carry on creating a lasting memory of this very challenging time, and we are reminding people that they can still share their stories with us.

"We have had an incredible response so far, and I would like to thank everyone for this. The response has been from all age-groups, and this is really pleasing.

"People have been so creative during these difficult times, and I think that it is important to record this social history for future generations.

"I'd like to encourage people to continue sharing their daily diary, or their feelings and thoughts expressed about a single day or event in prose or a poem. Residents can also share a recording, video or photograph about what life has been like at home, work or where they live in lockdown.

"It is entirely up to people themselves what they submit. What matters is that we make sure that we obtain a contemporary record of first-hand experiences of the impact on people's lives. It is really important that we keep a record to ensure future generations will be able to learn about and understand this extraordinary period in our time.

"Everyone can now take a look at what we have received so far, and add their contribution to this, if they want to."

The current collection can be viewed at: redrosecollections.lancashire.gov.uk/collection?g=514

The service is also continuing to collect other contemporary material including:

• Posters and flyers from organisations who play an important role in keeping vulnerable people safe
• Material from local business relating to closures or changes to how they operate
• Advice from local organisations about hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation
• Information about community efforts to help vulnerable and isolated people
• Information from local schools showcasing how they were kept open for vulnerable children and those of key workers
• The experiences of parents and carers who looked after their children at home

Contributions are welcomed from everyone, including children and young people. They can still be submitted by:

• Emailing archives@lancashire.gov.uk
• By hard copy including your name, age and the place where you live (not your full address) to Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston PR1 2RE

Please contact the service if you have digital files too large to email at archives@lancashire.gov.uk

Anyone taking part should not risk their own or anyone else’s health whilst gathering material. All government guidelines regarding hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation should continue to be followed.

For more information visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/archives, telephone 01772 533039 or email record.office@lancashire.gov.uk

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