COVID-19: Recording for the future

There is no doubt that the current situation and lockdown has affected all of our lives. To make sure that the everyday lives of everyday people are recorded during this massive event, we would like you to write down your experiences.

Of course, we are always happy to collect personal diaries from the people of Dundee, but this is a particularly important time to record. It is likely that the Covid-19 shut down of 2020 will be of great interest and importance to future generations and historians (we know that the plague and the ‘flu epidemic of 1918-1919 are always big topics).

We can glean some information from the newspapers, TV reports and social media, but we want to know whats going on at home.

How you can contribute

Just start a diary. It can be in a proper pre-printed diary, a notepad or digitally (e.g. in MS Word). You can keep it every day, a few times a day or every other day. You can write a page, a paragraph or a few sentences at a time, what ever you are comfortable with. You can be self-isolating, social distancing or out on the front lines as a key worker. Every one can contribute. You could even get the kids involved. We don’t just want information about what the government is doing, we want to know what you are doing, how you are working and how are you feeling.

You can even get a bit creative. Write poetry, draw pictures. This excellent example from Glasgow City Archives shows that a diary doesn’t need to just be words.

When this is all over, get in touch with us and we’ll arrange for your diary to be deposited into the archive. In the mean time you can read about depositing records at the archives on our website. If you don’t live in Dundee you may wish to offer it to your local archive.

Don’t worry we can anonymise it (keep your name from the public) or even close it to the public for a period of time if you are worried about some of the content. That way it can’t access until many years later.

Why not give it a go.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email.

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