Covid Collection

The year is 2020 and a time of a step change in history as unprecedented changes are
made to the lives of all people. Unthinkable changes have occurred in a matter of weeks
which affect every single person – some lives dramatically and some hardly at all.
The Museum of Dartmoor Life wants your story to help capture history as it happens.

Future historians will want the breath of real life to illustrate the statistics and data of these
momentous times. Help us capture the people’s story here on Dartmoor.
It is vital to capture feelings, thoughts and experiences now, in the heat of creation, not in the coolness of reflection. They will form part of the collection that tells the story, as it happens to you, your community and the local world in which we live.

All data and submissions received will form part of an historical record will be held at the
Museum of Dartmoor Life and potentially The Devon Record Office. No information will sold to third parties and will be treated in accordance with the museum’s privacy and data
protection policies.

Material can be in any format: photograph, video, audio recording, letter, drawing, other
paper items and should include information about the item such as what it is, where/who it came from and date and place. Ideally, we would welcome as much background information as possible such as:

‘We were out for a walk when we saw…;

‘We had a street party under social isolating conditions and here is the invite written by …. aged xxx;’

‘This is a video recording from relative in a care home in after 12 weeks with no visitors;’

Or indeed anything else. Be it the natural world, shopping, feelings or work – it is all valuable in capturing life as it is lived.

All submissions should be submitted with the participants; full name, age or date of birth and a way of contacting them, preferably an email address.

Stories and submissions should be made to livinghistory@dartmoorlife.org.uk or The
Museum of Dartmoor Life, West Street, Okehampton, EX20 1HQ.

We look forward to hearing from you – please send things as they happen – weekly journal,
a rant as it happens, a picture or whatever, don’t wait – let us have it.