25th Oct, 2020

Coventry Archives to preserve residents' lockdown memories

Andy Morris 18th Jun, 2020

THE LOCKDOWN experience in Coventry is set to be documented by the city’s archives – and local people are being invited to play their part.

Coventry Archives is looking for materials created as part of the Covid-19 lockdown to document the experience of individuals in the city.

Materials can include photographs, videos, audio and diaries which shows the everyday lives of individuals during lockdown, created from March to June 30.

Chosen items will be entered into the Coventry Archives collection and will give an insight into life during lockdown for future generations.

Ruark Jon-Stevens, marketing and communications manager at Culture Coventry, the trust which manages Coventry Archives, said: “We are living in extraordinary times and lockdown will be something that everyone remembers for the rest of their lives. That is why we want to document the experiences of individuals for future generations.

“Materials can be diary entries, photographs you have taken, videos you have captured, information on making PPE or taking part in national events such as Clap for Carers – essentially anything you feel documents lockdown life.

“These difficult times have seen the local community come together to support the region’s most vulnerable and it has really highlighted the importance of us all coming together, which is something we are hoping to capture with the submissions.

“We hope the materials collected will enable us to build an in-depth view of how the people of Coventry have responded to lockdown. Please do get involved and help us document this incredibly important moment.”

Visit www.theherbert.org/history_centre/want_to_donate.aspx to donate.

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