Lockdown Salisbury – Covid-19 project

THE Salisbury Museum, based in the historic Kings House in Salisbury Cathedral Close, is launching its first oral history project, Covid-19: Diaries for Salisbury, to capture the impact that the pandemic is having on the city and its residents.

The museum is approaching key workers (including NHS staff, carers and teachers), asking them to keep a daily audio diary about their work during the coronavirus outbreak. The aim is that this will capture their immediate thoughts and observations about what is happening around them and provide a unique insight into this extraordinary time. The museum is also asking its staff and volunteers to collect artefacts and photographs about the pandemic to give another perspective to this important project.

It will be the personal stories and unique perspectives from key workers, residents and people living and working in and around Salisbury, that will provide the best record of the impact that coronavirus is having on our community.

Bridget Telfer, the project curator, says: “This is a difficult and strange time for us all. Many museums are looking at how they can document what is happening for future generations. By launching this audio diaries project, Salisbury Museum will keep a historical record of this time through the lived experiences of workers at the forefront.”

The museum is also launching a Covid-19 project aimed at young people. What Do You See? asks people aged between 15 and 20, from Salisbury and south Wiltshire, to take a daily photograph that sums up their experience of lockdown.

Bridget says:“We know, from our work with many young people, that their perspectives can always teach us something. We hope this little project can give young people a visual way to express how they feel, at a time when words sometimes fail us.”

For more information about how to take part email: museum@nullsalisburymuseum.org.uk

Pictured: Lockdown Salisbury