The Box collects Plymouth's experiences of COVID-19

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    The museum is collating a record for future generations

    Lockdown, social distancing and home working. Those are just some of the ways our lives have changed, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Our city's museum The Box wants to capture Plymouth residents' experiences of this unprecedented global event. 

    Staff want to create a COVID-19 memory box, as part of the city's archive for future generations to understand how and why our lives changed in 2020. 

    Diary entries, video footage, poems and songs are some of the things being sought. 

    The Box would like to know how people felt during this time, the ways different communities pulled together, the experiences of key workers on the frontline and the challenges or joys of home schooling.

    Nicola Moyle Head of Heritage, Art and Film at The Box, said:

    "Coronavirus has changed all our lives and it's incredibly important that we grasp the opportunity to record this unique moment in time. We would love to hear from you and can't wait to read your stories and see your pictures." 

    Although the project is aimed at residents of all ages, a specific element will be to create an archive relating to the experiences of Plymouth's young people during the period of disruption caused by the coronavirus.

    Councillor Jemima Laing, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

    "The Coronavirus pandemic will have had an effect on all our residents but part of this work is also about understanding what life was like in lockdown for Plymouth’s children and young people as they will be able to offer a unique perspective.

    "We have some really creative young people and I’m looking forward to seeing how they share their experiences for future generations."

    The deadline for submissions to the COVID-19 Memory Box is Sunday 6 September. 

    Submissions can be uploaded at

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