Lockdown resources and activities
During the weeks of lockdown, we’ve been finding new ways to keep our Heritage Hub community of volunteers, researchers, partners and staff connected and engaged with the Archives and heritage more generally. We’ve created a new website page called Lockdown resources and activities as a central point where we can share our own initiatives and resources and signpost to relevant things elsewhere.
Ideas range from virtual jigsaws from Archives images to an invitation to keep a Covid diary for permanent preservation amongst our collections. We already hold records of previous public health emergencies, from the plague in Medieval times through to the Spanish Flu and typhoid outbreaks in the 20th century and now we want to capture life during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are asking people of all ages to keep a diary or write a short article in the coming weeks and months, to be submitted to the Archives when the crisis is over. So, pick up a pen, Open a Word document or take up your phone and record your experiences, thoughts or feelings about this remarkable time. You can make a submission at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives/submit-a-deposit/
The 60 seconds with... page has also proved to be very popular and which now has a wealth of information and thoughts from many of the visitors, volunteers and staff at the Heritage Hub. We have devised 40 heritage related questions which will hopefully make you stop and think about why you like history and why you enjoy using archives. However, we only want you to answer 10 questions so just choose your favourites…and we only want short answers so that the completed piece of work can be read in about 60 seconds or less! Click here for the contributions so far! and why not take the challenge yourself!
We’re also taking the opportunity to highlight and re-purpose many excellent resources which we already have. Do take a look at the page if you haven’t already, and check in from time to time to see what’s new.