Collecting coronavirus memories

Local residents are being asked to donate objects and stories of their lives during COVID-19 to the Welwyn Hatfield Museums Service to be recorded in the community's history.

coronavirus memories

The museum service plans to reflect the lives of everyone living or working in the district, recording their experiences of work, leisure, home and personal life during the pandemic.

Examples of items they are looking for include:

· rainbow drawings, art, diaries, school schedules, letters from neighbours, friends and relatives, photographs and equipment that has been used to keep safe and is no longer needed.

· objects and photographs relating to food parcels or other support you've received if shielding.

· Mill Green Museum started milling flour again to help meet a shortage of flour in supermarkets. Did you buy their flour for the first time and do you have baking stories to share?

Executive member, Leisure, Culture and Communications, Councillor Terry Mitchinson said:

We're living through extraordinary times: national lockdown, restricted movement and being apart from our loved ones. But these are also times of learning - using technology in new ways, bringing communities together and initiating rituals like clapping for our key workers. There are many comparisons that can be made with the Second World War and communities volunteering their help to support each other.

We want to enable future generations to learn from our experiences, just as we're able to learn from objects in our collection about life during the Second World War.

To make a donation, please email museum@welhat.gov.uk explaining what it is and what it means to you, ideally including a photo.