We see this film as an opportunity to share with future generations how we coped at a pivotal point in history - isolated socially, but united in spirit.
‐ Robin Jenkins, Senior Archivist, Leicestershire County Council
We are running this social media project to collate and curate videos representing how people are spending their time during the coronavirus pandemic. We are clearly living through a significant global historical event and our aim is to seek out, share and preserve the positivity and real sense of community that has been undeniable in recent weeks.
Are you making, mending, creating, recording, caring, remembering, designing?
Share how you are making lockdown better! Let’s inspire each other during this crisis and preserve this for future generations.
How can I get involved?
- Make a 2 minute film (On your phone is easiest, landscape format is best)
- Send it to www.facebook.com/CommunityCurators / https://twitter.com/ComCurators / firstname.lastname@example.org
- We will
– Share on social media and websites
– Curate a final film
– Keep submissions in our archives and collections
Once the final film has been completed it will be available through the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Record Office (ROLLAR) when it re-opens and featured on this website. There will also be a link to watch it on YouTube, so watch this space!
These are some of the submissions we’ve already received:
Adapting, caring, sharing and preserving
“We want to continue to show that we are all in this together. Sharing content to show how individuals use different coping mechanisms and technology to see them through will be a testament to our time in these difficult circumstances. They will also be preserved for generations to come.”
– Councillor Richard Blunt, Cabinet Member for Heritage, Leisure and Arts
Collecting in The Crisis
The Record Office are also appealing for any pamphlets, photographs and written material relating to lockdown. They are collecting any material which will reflect the local impact and response to the current crisis. Can you assist them in amassing this material to create an archive which records Covid-19 and its effect upon us all? If you are out and about taking your daily exercise, please think of taking a camera (or your phone) with you and photographing anything which you think might tell the story of this epidemic. You might capture the empty toilet-roll shelves in your local supermarket, or the queue outside a pharmacy. They would also like to see the signs which have appeared about ‘social distances’ or limits on the number of people indoors at any one time. You might film clapping for the NHS, or keep a diary of your thoughts and reactions to isolation.
Please send it with your contact details, take it to ROLLAR @Long Street, Wigston Magna, LE18 2AH when this is all over or email it to email@example.com
Thank you. Keep well and keep collecting!