Salisbury Museum looking to document Covid-19 lockdown for the future

Salisbury Museum looking to document Covid-19 lockdown for the future

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:00am 3rd May 2020.

2 minute read

They're asking for our help to show the impact of coronavirus on the city to show generations to come what it's been like.

It's the first time that Salisbury Museum's put together an oral history project based on what's happening in the present day.

They're hoping to put together a snapshot of the impact of the pandemic on life in South Wiltshire.

Salisbury Police Car Market Place March 2020
Salisbury city centre has been quiet since the lockdown restrictions has come into force

HOW CAN WE HELP? 

The Museum particularly looking for key workers to keep an audio diary about working through the crisis, capturing the 'immediate thoughts and observations' and 'provide a unique insight into this extraordinary time'.

They want to use as many personal stories as possible to record how life's been affected as a way of educating future generations.

Bridget Telfer, Project Curator at Salisbury Museum, said:

"This is a difficult and strange time for us all. Many museums are looking at how they can document what is happening for future generations. By launching this audio diaries project, Salisbury Museum will keep a historical record of this time through the lived experiences of workers at the forefront."

Sainsbury's Car Park Salisbury The Maltings
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life in Salisbury dramatically, and Salisbury Museum wants to capture the feeling for the future

YOUNG PEOPLE NEEDED

Salisbury Museum is also launching another Covid-19 related project, aimed at people aged 15 to 20.

'What Do You See' asks young people to take a daily photo summing up their experience of lockdown.

Sarah Gregson, Community Curator from Salisbury Museum said:

"We know, from our work with many young people, that their perspectives can always teach us something. We hope this little project can give young people a visual way to express how they feel, at a time when words sometimes fail us." 

You can get involved in either project by emailing museum@salisburymuseum.org.uk

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