Wiltshire Council want YOUR lockdown story

Wiltshire Council want YOUR lockdown story

Published at 1:52pm 13th May 2020.

3 minute read

The local authority wants to create a new archive to show how lives during the coronavirus crisis have changed.

The council's Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre wants to make a collection that reflects people's individual and collective experiences during lockdown for future generations to study.

Those studying the 1918/19 flu pandemic turned to the archives and tomorrow's historians will do the same for COVID-19.

The Wiltshire and Swindon Archive at the history centre in Chippenham holds nationally and internationally important documents charting over 800 years of the county's history, its people, places and events.

As well as official records it holds personal documents - letters, diaries, sketchbooks and scrapbooks, photos, artwork and more. With a few exceptions all are freely accessible to the public, when the centre is open, with archivists and community history advisors on hand to help people explore and discover their heritage.


We're asked to think about what future generations might want or need to know about 2020, COVID-19 and living in lockdown.

You can make a note of your experience in written form such as a diary or poetry but you could could also use drawings, paintings, photographs or other craft forms.

Diary coronavirus
Diary entries like this from one 13 year old Wiltshire pupil could be added to the centre's collections

People are also asked to keep hold of items such as leaflets, official communications, posters, flyers - which can also be added to the centre's local studies collections.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Heritage, said:

"Whether you are young or old, furloughed or keyworker, school or university student, a family or living on your own - we want your stories.

"The Wiltshire and Swindon Archive belongs to the people, and this is an opportunity for them to share their story with future generations. There is no doubt we are currently living through a time that will be remembered and discussed for generations to come, and it's important we document it as much as possible, and ensure that people's real voices and experiences aren't lost."

coronavirus art
You can express your experience through art too.

For more information about how to get involved with the Living in Lockdown project, you can visit the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website at www.wshc.eu.



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