Recording Wigan Borough’s Covid-19 Experiences


Residents are being asked to record their experience of life in lockdown to share with future generations.

The Wigan Borough Covid-19 Archives Project will document how residents’ lives have changed in recent weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

From diary entries to photography, residents can take part in the archives project and help to make history. As well as capturing the day to day life of living through Covid-19, residents will be asked how the pandemic has had a positive impact on their life and given them the opportunity to do new things, like getting to know their neighbours or learning a new skill. 

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “Every member of our community has been affected by the Covid-19 virus. We will all have a story to tell about how the pandemic has altered our lives. Many of us are living in the moment, working in key roles to support our communities or simply helping to protect others and the NHS by staying at home and staying safe. We’re surrounded by information about the pandemic now, but how will we tell future generations what life was really like? This collection will help people to remember and learn about the realities of living through Covid-19.”

Alex Miller, lead officer on the project at Wigan Council, said: “We’ll have newspapers and websites to look at, but we want to capture the voices of normal people.

“This is why we’re asking residents to record their experiences of life now, as it is happening.”

There are lots of ways residents can contribute to the project, either by keeping a diary, creating a scrapbook, taking photographs or videos, writing songs, poems, drawing, collecting leaflets and more.

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Contributions can be submitted by email to [email protected] or delivered in person once it is safe to do so.Pieces chosen for the collection will be stored in the archives and shared in future exhibitions.