October 2023

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

COVID hits Know Your Place resource...

...but in a good way!

Community Cataloguer Max Parkin has devised a volunteer project which will enable us to share photographs which document the county's response to the dark days of the COVID 19 pandemic. 

The idea for the project was sparked back in April when the Collections team received a large batch of photos taken during lockdown in central Cheltenham.  Images of deserted streets, social distancing, one way systems in supermarkets and the like captured both the challenge of those months and the community spirit which developed.  The fact that the photos were readily identifiable and easily linked with specific places meant they could be 'geo-tagged', which in turn meant that the community layer of the Know Your Place digital mapping resource leapt out as an ideal way to share them.  What's more, Max realised that there was clearly scope to gather in more photos for our collections and extend coverage beyond Cheltenham. The Know Your Place team agreed, and created a whole new layer for the photos, denoted appropriately by a mask.

You can read more about the project in Max's blog https://gloucestershirearchives.wordpress.com/2023/10/04/covid-response-know-your-place-project/#more-4568


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