Plea for Doncaster Covid-19 videos to tell stories for future

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Videos of people’s experiences of the Covid-19 crisis are being sought for a new project to compile memories of the pandemic for future generations.

The MyCovid19Story archive is being produced to bring together a cross-section of everyday experiences of the lockdown, so they can be accessed by historians looking back on life in the UK in 2020.

Organised by not-for-profit community interest company Heritage For All, people are being encouraged to upload short videos of life during the pandemic to create authentic records of how people have been affected.

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Anyone wanting to help only has to film a short video on a smartphone or tablet, then upload it to the MyCovid19Story Facebook group or email to [email protected].

A montage of MyCovid19Story contributorsA montage of MyCovid19Story contributors
A montage of MyCovid19Story contributors

Frank Crosby, director, is hoping the memories compiled will provide everyday, local stories to run alongside the national or global version of the crisis.

“The archive is being created to ensure people’s voices from the lockdown are preserved for future generations,” he said.

“We feel passionately that the lives of all sorts of people should be documented now so historians can understand how they were impacted by the health threats and confinement during lockdown.

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“The people who have taken part already have provided some varied stories, ranging from people living alone to those seeing their businesses impacted by the lockdown.

Vicki, a Community Maternity Support Worker, talking about PPEVicki, a Community Maternity Support Worker, talking about PPE
Vicki, a Community Maternity Support Worker, talking about PPE

“We want to hear about home schooling, being furloughed, working from home and about having the virus itself.

“Speaking in their own words, it resonates far more than the official versions of the past few months. By gathering more, we can ensure their voices are heard to share their experiences for future generations.”

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