We’re living through historic times!
Earlier this year I appealed to the public in the Three Rivers
area to collect, and simply save, their experiences of the COVID
lockdown which started in March. Now, as the schools return and
we all try to recover from something which is still going on, it’s a
good time to start to collect in what’s been recorded – and, of course,
what’s still being recorded.
The point was – still is – to record the experiences during
lockdown of people living in the Three Rivers area. It doesn’t matter
how you do this – it might be a hand-written diary, or voice
recordings on your phone, or word-processed files on your
computer, or a series of videos of your daily walks, or just a series
of photos. The ‘ephemera’ – things - are also important: we’ve all
been sent leaflets and so on through the post, many have a copy of
the instructions around getting a test, and variants of face masks
abound. One lady has made a wall hanging, another has kept up a
regular ‘blog’. It will all contribute to the picture, and we’ll be very
happy to have it.
For some, of course, the story will be painful and very personal.
That’s why we’ll consider carefully how to use whatever people want
to submit – we’ll probably make up an exhibition later, some will go
here on our website, some might be passed to one of the national
collections, and some will be simply kept safely for later reference
and research. So when we get a contribution it will be recorded and
acknowledged, and added to the review process. Nothing will be
done with it until we have permission from the contributor, who
You can pass it to me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
transfer it by Dropbox, WeTransfer or one of the others to the same
e-mail address. Alternatively we can come and collect it, or you can
even post it to the Museum.
If you haven’t done anything yet but would like to, it’s not too late!
This really is ‘history in the making’.
Chairman, Three Rivers Museum Trust