by Amber Druce – Curator of History
Are you keeping a journal? One day, insights into this time during the Coronavirus pandemic will be really useful to historians so we’d love to hear from you if you can help.
Our top tip for writing a journal is to assume that no-one else will read it! This helps preserve
authenticity and provide more accurate accounts (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss how much
Netflix you’re watching!).
Information might include your daily routine, observations about life around you, your health, coping tools, pictures, feelings, and wildlife observations (you can also record this with BRERC). You can be any age to do this.
We’ll also be collecting things that were important to you – letters from neighbours, window rainbows, homework plans, gloves, photos, your stash of toilet rolls (but not yet of course)! What else would you suggest? The more it relates to Bristol, the better.
Photos might include your home-working setup, your daily walk, deserted (or not) streets…. We’re nosey, we want to see it all! If you’d like to help or ask any questions, please contact us.
We’ll ask for a photo if one is available, and the more background information you can provide, the better.
Once we’ve reviewed all our offers, we’ll decide what we can collect – both digitally and actual objects. Then comes a bit of paperwork and the sorting out of copyrights.
To find out more about how our History Team collects objects read our blog.