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Your Norfolk July 2020

Create a lockdown legacy in Norwich

Museums across Norwich are appealing to the public to help them record their experiences of living through the Covid-19 crisis in a new project called ‘Picturing the Pandemic: Creating a lasting legacy of lockdown in Norwich’.

Curators from The Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell, Strangers’ Hall and The Norwich Castle Study Centre have already begun collecting items to be included in a capsule collection, which will be preserved for future generations.

Items offered to the collection so far include PPE visors created by Colin Breckons and his 70-strong volunteer team at Frontline Face Shields; I LOVE THE NHS car bumper stickers created by Unique Signs & Graphics Ltd; a ‘Gift Box for Local Heroes’ supplied by Kettle Foods; facemasks made by volunteers as a fundraiser to support Norwich Puppet Theatre; a t-shirt featuring Joe Wicks, The Body Coach; and artwork by local artist Owen Mathers.

But museum staff want to collect more personal items from the local community, backed up by individual’s stories, to add to the collection. This could be notes from neighbours, rainbow window displays, or even pyjamas worn for a working day!

Over the next few weeks, the museums will challenge the community to get involved via the Museum of Norwich Facebook page by:

  • Photographing one item that sums up your experience of the pandemic and explain why
  • Sending in a lockdown selfie with a caption or record your experience on film or audio
  • Striking a pose in your lockdown wardrobe

Anyone interested in getting involved in the project or who has an item to suggest can also get in touch via email.

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