Collecting experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic in Sheffield

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During the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve been thinking about what objects represent our lives at the moment, and what should be collected to tell the story of what we’re going through to future generations. Covid-19 has seen our day-to-day life change massively – we all have a lot in common right now, but people’s personal circumstances mean that a lot of us are having very different experiences.

We want to do our best to represent this moment in our lives, but we need your help. What do you think should be kept as a memory of Sheffield and its people at this time? In particular, if you have a suggestion of something you’d be happy to donate to the city’s collections that represents your experience during the pandemic we’d love to hear from you.

In terms of objects you might want to donate, these could be items to do with:

  • Community support information - notes and cards
  • Cheering yourself and/ or other people up
  • New activities / hobbies / exercise you’ve tried at home
  • Cooking something different
  • Home-schooling/ entertaining children
  • Child-minding
  • Going to school / teaching or other school duties
  • Student life and distance learning
  • Social distancing
  • Working from home
  • Keeping your business going
  • Being a key-worker, e.g. NHS staff, shop staff, delivery driver etc.
  • Shielding or self-isolating
  • Testing and vaccination
  • In memory of loved ones
  • Volunteering and helping others
  • Photographs that reflect your experiences

If you'd like to let us know what you're hoping to donate, please contact Clara Morgan, Curator of Social History, at

Our Friends at Sheffield Libraries and Archives are also running a fantastic project to document the experiences of people in Sheffield during lockdown - you can find out more about that and how you can get involved here.


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