Summer 2020

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

A Life in Lockdown

Representatives from Gloucester History Festival, Archives, Museums, Libraries, Strike A Light, religious communities, heritage organisations and the University of Gloucestershire are working together to capture Gloucestershire’s response to ‘A Life in Lockdown’

We are working together to support and promote each other’s projects and we’re looking for your help too. We know that this is a challenging time for many people, so hope the opportunities to get creative and link up with others may appeal.  We hope to share some of the initial ‘A Life in Lockdown’ outputs at this year’s Gloucester History Festival in September.

      How you can get involved:


      1.Pitch an idea for the Gloucester History Festival to create digital content. Thanks to a grant from Historic England, we have a few small commissions which will be decided by a community panel.

      -Contact before 6 July 2020 with your idea.

      -Further information:

      2. Add your experiences of how Lockdown has affected you, your community or your business to Gloucestershire Archives’ collections for permanent preservation. Documenting the impact of the pandemic in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire is important to add to existing records of previous public health emergencies from medieval plagues to 20th century outbreaks of Spanish flu and typhoid.


      -Submit your information:

      -Further information:

       3.The Museum of Gloucester is inviting everyone in the county to capture their memories of #Gloucestershire during the period of #lockdown, for an exhibition titled ‘A Life in Lockdown’: Memories of Covid-19 in Gloucestershire 2020 for an exhibition at the museum, (hopefully in Autumn 2020) as well as a producing a permanent record of this period for their digital collection.

      -How to submit content:

      -Submit your entry:


      4.Your voice is unique and Gloucestershire Libraries would love to hear it! “A Life in Lockdown: In Your Words”, is an opportunity for writers of all ages and abilities to share experiences of Lockdown through personal stories, short fictional stories, comic strips, poems, Blogs, Vlogs, short creative films or animations.

      -Full details will be announced very soon.

      -Please check out the latest news here:


      5.Strike a Light will be supporting community-led creative projects in Barton and Tredworth in the Autumn, to bring people together in a safe socially distanced way and are also working on a project with members of Gloucester's black communities to share and record their lockdown experience.

      -For more information or to get involved:


      6.The University Archive houses the institutional history dating from its earliest traces in 1834. Rarely have students, staff and our community witnessed / lived through such monumental societal changes. Your perspective and documentation of the lockdown matters, and we encourage the University community to consider donating records to our archive evidencing your experiences.


      If you are already running your own Lockdown projects and would like to get involved in our umbrella ‘A Life in Lockdown’ project, please get in touch.


      We look forward to hearing from you.


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