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New museum and archives project set to capture lockdown memories

By Jordan Reynolds | Staffordshire | Attractions | Published:

People are being invited to share their stories and donate items to help create a lasting record of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Record Office project has been set up to record lockdown Memories. In Picture L>R: Cllr Victoria Wilson and Joanna Terry (Head of Archives and Heritage)

The ‘Lockdown Memories’ project hopes to collect and document materials to help retell the story of coronavirus and how it affected the lives of people in the county.

Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Service is particularly interested in letters, photographs, drawings, paintings or objects relating to people’s experiences. The materials will be used in future publications, research projects, exhibitions or websites

People interested in the project are being asked to complete a short survey at staffordshire.gov.uk/lockdownmemories

Victoria Wilson, cabinet member for communities and culture at Staffordshire County Council, which is running the project, said: “This is a really interesting project that will, one day, help retell the story of what life was like for people in Staffordshire during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everyone has been affected by the crisis. You might have spent lockdown working for the NHS or as a key worker, or socially isolating in your own home, or may even have suffered through illness. Whatever your experience we would like to hear your story along with any materials relevant to it.

“So whether, it’s your letters, photos, videos, paintings, or objects such as protective clothing, please complete the brief survey or get in touch with the team.”

The project is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council’s Archives and Heritage Service.

People can find out more about the project and how to lend or donate items to the Archive Service and County Museum at staffordshire.gov.uk/lockdownmemories

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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