Recording the COVID lockdown

COVID-19 Project

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

owns it.

You can pass it to me by e-mail at chairman@trmt.org.uk, 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’.

Fabian Hiscock

Chairman, Three Rivers Museum Trust

October 2020