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Together we are going through a unique time in history; the global Coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in so many ways. Technology has helped us to keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family. You've been sharing lots of stories, videos, photos and artistic contributions and it would be good to capture and celebrate the inter-connections, common experience and the diversity of this shared time.

The aim.

We're building an online space with the aim of capturing these collective memories and experiences of lockdown. So, we want to hear from you on any aspect of life under lockdown that you want to tell us about. In a difficult time like this, it can be helpful just to know there are other people out there going through the same thing.​

  • How your life has changed: your daily routine, the way you work and communicate with people, and how you’ve been coping during these challenging times.​
  • What has been difficult and what has helped you get through? What were your worries at the start of the lockdown, and how do you feel now? What are your concerns for the future? ​

What can be contributed?

We're interested in a diverse range of topics – from food to fitness, work and volunteering, community and faith and – of course – the NHS. As you send us contributions, these topics may grow, but these are just a few ideas to get you thinking.​

We want to try and capture contributions from all parts of our University – staff, students, support services, people working at home, people who have been on furlough, and the key staff who have remained on campus throughout.​

Our aim is to highlight and celebrate inter-connections, common experience and diversity. We want to be able to look back on this time and see the positive things that came out of it alongside the dreadful impact on individual health and wellbeing, and its effect on society as a whole.

How can you contribute?

We are collecting contributions in a number of ways. There is a form here which can be used to share your contribution with us, it includes all the necessary permissions, privacy and GDPR requirements. ​If you’d like to share a story or experience, but would rather keep your name private, we are happy to anonymise contributions.

Your contribution is valuable to us.

Please join us in this exciting project – we welcome your contribution in any format. We have videos, songs, poems, and of course lots of photos of things you’ve been doing in your own communities, and we’re open to suggestions for anything else we haven’t thought of. ​

Perhaps you have been keeping a video or audio diary and would like to share some of your thoughts? We can also edit contributions if you’re not able to do it yourself.​

We’d like to get this project live by the time we re-open in September, so now is the time to act, though we will be adding to the resource beyond this date for as long as the crisis continues. ​

Ultimately we want to ensure that a long-term usable archive is preserved for the future.

Who are we?

We are a small team of volunteers from around the university, and we’re still finding out what skills we might need to bring the project to life. So if you have any skills around designing, building and maintaining this kind of resource, and you’d like to join us – even on a short term basis – please get in touch with the Life Through Lockdown volunteer team.

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We want you to send us...

  • stories - text documents, with or without photos
  • photos - with a few words to caption or explain the context
  • videos - of yourself, of others, of whatever you have seen around you that has inspired you to record it
  • audio recordings - songs, poems, interviews with friends or family or people you have been helping in the community, or just thoughts that you want to share
  • and anything else you have created - we might have to wait until times are more normal, but we'd like to put on an exhibition, so if you have been making scrubs, designing face masks or even creating art, we hope we can include your work.
  • Contribution Form
  • Contact the Life Through Lockdown volunteer team.