A CREATIVE RESPONSE TO CHALLENGING TIMES
The History Centre is looking for public contributions to its Living in Lockdown archive, a collection that documents the experiences of people living in Wiltshire and Swindon during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Without doubt the impact of Covid-19 – both immediate and lasting – will be closely studied by future generations and tomorrow’s historians will turn to archive and local studies collections like those at the History Centre to carry out their research.
The Wiltshire and Swindon Archive holds nationally and internationally important documents charting over 800 years of the county’s history, its people, places and events, and is growing all the time. As well as official records we hold personal documents – letters, diaries, sketchbooks and scrapbooks, photos, artwork and more. With a few exceptions all are accessible to the public, with archivists and community history advisors on hand to help people explore and discover their heritage.
The Living in Lockdown collection will show how individuals and communities have been transformed by this global crisis. We want individuals, families, community groups and organisations, and local businesses to contribute material that reflects their experiences of the pandemic. This might be official letters, flyers or posters or it might be a personal, creative response such as a diary, scrapbook, poetry or drawings and paintings. Or perhaps it is a photographic record of your neighbourhood - the window art or deserted streets that came to characterise lockdowns.
Whether you are young or old, were furloughed or worked from home, are a keyworker, school or university student, a family or living on your own – we want your stories. The Wiltshire and Swindon Archive is your archive, and this is an opportunity to share your story with future generations.
* Please also read our Archive Acquisition & Disposal Policy.