COVID Collecting in Gloucestershire Schools
Add your story to the History of Gloucestershire during the Pandemic
Gloucestershire Archives is inviting local schools to collect items relating to Lockdown
The Gloucestershire Archives at the Heritage Hub gathers, looks after, and shares the documented heritage of Gloucestershire & South Gloucestershire.
The material we hold tells the stories of local people going back a thousand years. We have miles of shelving holding 10 million records, including lots of school records!
What we are doing and why?
We are inviting Gloucestershire schools at this time to add their own stories of Lockdown to our archives. People in the future will want to know what it was like to live in Gloucestershire during the pandemic, both the good and the bad, and so we are collecting material all about it. Why not add your story for them to learn about?
What are we collecting and what will we do with it?
We are collecting ‘documentary material’ which can be summed up as ‘anything on paper’! This includes documents and records like photos, maps, letters, posters, leaflets, newsletters, drawings, stories and diary entries. We also collect items in digital form such as sound recordings and films.
Many of your pupils will have created and collected posters, diary entries, taken photographs and gathered items during Lockdown and since returning to school. When you have finished with these items, we would love them to be donated to Gloucestershire Archives and kept forever as part of the memory of our county. *
We do not collect objects, which are Museum territory.
We would like items which tell us about the impact of the virus on where you live, how it has affected you, your family, schools and local organisations.
What will we do with it?
We have a physical home at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub in Alvin Street, central Gloucester, where we keep the records, in addition to a virtual presence in the form of a website and also our social media sites.
The Public can visit us and see our records. So it is important that you and your pupils are happy for other people to see whatever is added to our collection.
How to donate items to Gloucestershire Archives
Teachers can take in items from pupils and you can either arrange to drop them off with us or we can organise to collect them from your school.
Schools contributing material will be given a FREE tour of the Archives – once it is safe to do so - to show classes how their items will be stored and used, as well as seeing some of our most amazing items.
To arrange a drop-off or collection, or to find out more, please contact Jemma Fowkes, Partnerships, Learning & Outreach Team at:
Gloucestershire Archives at the Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW
*If we are offered a lot of similar material, we may only take a selection.
Artwork by Ellia Smith, aged 9½
You can download a PDF of the above here.