West Cheshire Museums are launching a project to collect 30 objects which tell the stories of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people in West Cheshire. Collecting COVID will create a lasting archive to show future generations what it was like to live through these unprecedented times.
The pandemic has changed the way we all live in West Cheshire and it is really important that we make sure this unique story, and our communities’ responses to it, are represented in our collections.
We’d like to ask for your help in creating this archive by suggesting what objects we should collect. It might be face masks, hair clippers, a PE with Joe t-shirt, rainbow window pictures, or something very personal to you, but they all need to have a story behind them that you’re happy to share.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to collect everything – we’ll select 30 objects once we have all suggestions in to cover as many aspects of COVID-19 and lockdown we can.
At the moment, we are only asking for suggestions of what should go into this COVID archive. You can suggest something which you have and would like to donate to the museum, or something which you think is really important which we can source ourselves. Please don’t send anything directly to the museums. We will arrange delivery or collection when it is safe for us to do so.
You can let us know what item you would like to nominate for our collection by emailing MuseumEnquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. If there is a specific item you would like to donate, please also let us know. We’ll be closing nominations at the end of July.
We are only going to be collecting objects. If you have photographs, please have a look at Life in Lockdown, a fantastic photographic collecting project from Cheshire Archives and Local Studies. https://www.cheshirearchives.org.uk/latest-news-and-events/Life-in-Lockdown-your-stories-shared.aspx