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Researchers call to record the landscape of the pandemic

‘The Viral Archive’ is a collaborative project between archaeologists at the University of Warwick, University College Cork (Ireland), and University College London, that is sending out a global invitation, for you to capture the visual record of the signs, marks, and graffiti that are keeping us safe, together, and uplifted during this pandemic.A picture from the project. Credit: @howardmrw

So far the team has received over 500 contributions from around the world through their @Viral_Archive Twitter page, and are hoping to grow this as an archive of the times. Examples submitted to date include: pictures of rainbows, decorated trees and painted stones, chalk street art, and virus-related graffiti.

Rosie Everett, from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick comments:

“We see this project as an act of bearing witness to, and capturing the changes that can occur in our local landscapes due to a global crisis, and the personal and broader social responses that can emerge as a form of resilience.

“This is a global emergency, unprecedented in the past century, in which the Viral Archive encourages people to recognise the changes in their environments and make a record of it first-hand. Given the nature of the pandemic and A picture from the project. Credit: @CyranJDthe distance we have had to observe within our communities, we were charged with the task of developing new and innovative ways of capturing people’s shared experiences, and we found that social media platforms such as Twitter really allowed us to do that.”

If you would like your photos to be featured in the archive please tag the Twitter account @Viral_Archive, and use one of the hashtags, #ViralArchive or #ViralShadows.

Keep your safety paramount, only venture out in accordance with national regional or state guidelines. Only capture images in passing, do not travel specifically to capture images. Respect people’s privacy, be mindful of protecting your own location, and be as general in terms of location as you feel comfortable with.

ENDS

28 MAY 2020

NOTES TO EDITORS

Images available at:

https://warwick.ac.uk/services/communications/medialibrary/images/april2020/twitter_pic_3.jpg
A picture from the project. Credit: @CyranJD

 

https://warwick.ac.uk/services/communications/medialibrary/images/april2020/twitter_pic_1.jpg

A picture from the project. Credit: @howardmrw

 

https://warwick.ac.uk/services/communications/medialibrary/images/april2020/twitter_pic_2.jpg

A picture from the project. Credit: @howardmrw

Twitter account available to view at: https://twitter.com/Viral_Archive

Keep your safety paramount, only venture out in accordance with national regional or state guidelines. Only capture images in passing, do not travel specifically to capture images. Respect people’s privacy, be mindful of protecting your own location, and be as general in terms of location as you feel comfortable with.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Alice Scott
Media Relations Manager – Science
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0) 7920 531 221
E-mail: alice.j.scott@warwick.ac.uk

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:


Alice Scott
Media Relations Manager – Science
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0) 7920 531 221
E-mail: alice.j.scott@warwick.ac.uk