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Call to Collect Tameside's Lockdown Memories

Press Release: 22/06/2020

 

HOW are you dealing with lockdown? Are you struggling to cope without your trip to the pub, café or restaurant? Or maybe you’re enjoying the reduction in traffic and working from home?

Tameside Local Studies and Archives want you to share your experiences so they have a record of this unique time in our nation’s modern history.

It could be something to do with helping others, window rainbows to thank key workers, or dancing for VE Day. How have you coped with shortages in the shops, home schooling, celebrating a birthday or observing Ramadan or Easter? Have you tried to cut your own hair or are you letting your locks grow for lockdown?

All stories and experiences - good or bad - are valid. Local Studies want to collect as much as possible and from all the borough’s communities.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start, a series of top tips and templates have been compiled with the help of the artists and designers at interference-art. Visit https://tamesidesop.wordpress.com/2020/06/22/call-to-collect-lockdown-memories-of-tameside to find out the best way to submit your digital items such as photographs, blog posts, online diaries, interviews, art, poems and indeed anything that represents covid-19 Tameside.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for culture, said: “I’m sure everyone has a different experience of lockdown and this project wants to capture this.

“In February, I doubt any of us could have predicted what the next few months would bring or the challenges we would face. Tameside Council and local residents have responded tremendously under very difficult circumstances. People have pulled together to help each other and support each other.

“I believe it’s essential that we record these experiences for future generations so I would encourage everyone to get involved in the production of what will be a fascinating and unique body of work.”

Please send your contributions and/or questions to: archives@tameside.gov.uk

Paper-based items such as create scrapbooks are also welcome but please wait until guidelines have been eased before bringing them to the local studies centre on Cotton Street, Ashton.

Make sure it’s all your own work and you have permission to use people’s thoughts and comments. Items can remain anonymous if requested.

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