Recording the Pandemic in Staffordshire

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Courtesy of Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service
Photograph of rainbow of hearts at Crown Surgery, Eccelshall
Courtesy of Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service

Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service are working with people from across the county to create a lasting record of Covid-19.

 “Lockdown Memories” explores how the pandemic and lockdown measures have affected the lives of Staffordshire people.

Collective Memories

Over 120 people have responded to an online questionnaire with stories and testimony about their experiences; from working on frontline services, coping with self-isolation or social distancing, helping to support neighbours or exploring new places in their local area during daily lockdown walks. Schools, local history groups and individuals of all ages have contributed, offering to donate photographs, drawings and documents relating to lockdown.

As part of the project illustrative artist Jhinuk Sarkar and Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Wardle-Woodend will be running online workshops to bring together participants’ experiences of the pandemic.

Artistic interpretation

The finished artwork, illustrative maps and poems, together with the work from local schools and the items donated from the project participants will form part of the Service’s ‘Lockdown Memories’ exhibition in 2021

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