The global events of the past few months have affected everybody in our community. Lockdown, social distancing and home have become part of our daily lives. Guildford Museum wants to capture your memories of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to create a record for future generations to understand how and why our lives changed in 2020.
The Council’s Heritage Services use our historic buildings and collections to connect people with the lived experience of our town and borough. The story we tell is one of place and people evolving through time. It is just as vital to collect the history of Guildford as it is happening, as it is to record the history of Guildford over the past 1,000 years.
We are collecting both digital (photos and video) and physical objects to reflect the voices and experiences of each of Guildford’s communities. As we move further into recovery we also aim to interview keyworkers including doctors, nurses, care home staff, and supermarket staff, as well as those who have experienced the virus as a patient or who cared for a relative.
We are looking for stories, photos and videos linked to these themes:
• working from home
• keeping fit
• socialising online
• the view from your window during lockdown
• new skills and crafts learnt during lockdown.
In addition, we are interested in how business and the workplace has adapted and how communities have come together to support each other, for example, groups that have made PPE for the NHS.
Lead Councillor for Environment, Cllr James Steel says: “Coronavirus (Covid-19) has changed all our lives and it’s incredibly important that we grasp the opportunity to record this unique moment in time. As we start to see lockdown restrictions ease, let’s remember all the new skills we learnt in lockdown, the Zoom video calls with friends and family, our new essential walking and exercise routes and the fantastic community spirit that brought us all together. We would love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stories and see your pictures.”
We have already received some amazing digital items for the collection from residents but there is still so much to collect. If you are interested in donating anything to our Heritage Service please contact Collections Manager, Sarah Fairhurst on HeritageServices@guildford.gov.uk . Please remember our buildings are currently closed, please do not send anything by post or leave anything at the museum.
Keep an eye out on social media for further information about this exciting project and how you can donate. Facebook @VisitGuildford Twitter @Gfdheritage Instagram @guildfordsheritageservices.