The Suffolk Archives statement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its services is available to read here.

Recording Life in Lockdown

Can you help us build a brand new collection for our archive by providing a snapshot of your life in Suffolk during the Covid-19 outbreak?

Our role at Suffolk Archives is not only to preserve and protect Suffolk’s nationally and internationally significant archives, but also to preserve the history of today; helping future generations to better understand the lives we lead and the environment that we live in. As a result, it is really important that we collect records that reflect how life in Suffolk is now, to document the changes and difficulties experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Your responses could become a valuable part of the Suffolk Archives collection to be preserved for future generations. With all the options, you can choose to remain anonymous or keep the content of your response closed for 50 years.

Online survey

Complete our online survey to tell us about your life during the Covid-19 outbreak. It is completely up to you how much information you wish to share, which means the survey can be as long or as short as you like! Take 10 minutes to jot down your immediate impressions or spend longer planning a more in depth representation of life for you today. There is also an opportunity to upload digital content such as scans of documents, emails, social media screenshots, photographs, posters or diary entries, that capture life during lockdown. You can fill this survey in multiple times if you wish to tell us about how your situation changes.

Keep a diary

Keep a diary to make a daily or weekly record of life in Suffolk. Perhaps you already keep a diary, you already record what you do using photography, or you are a keen artist able to illustrate the current situation? If so, we would love to see what you are producing. Find out how to sign up for this here.

Create a scrapbook

Could you create a scrapbook of daily life during the Covid-19 outbreak to give future generations a unique insight into how your life has changed? Items such as shopping lists, photos, newspaper clippings and notes from family and friends would all work well; add comments or dates around the side to give even more context. We’d recommend using acid free glue and paper to help preserve your scrapbook for longer. Find out how to sign up for this here.

Identifying Fake News

At times such as this, current, accurate news is essential, with more and more people ardently following every day to keep up-to-date with changes and new announcements. However, it is also at times such as this that we see an increase in the proliferation of fake news that circulates in print and on the internet – through websites and social media. If this is something that interests you, we’d love it if you could help us identify and document any examples you can find.

To contribute to this project, please sign up on our Volunteer Makers website. Once registered, you will be invited to an online platform to share the fake news you have discovered, as well as the context to the post/article. This could be in the form of screen shots or scans of articles, which can be shared with other participants, as well as being deposited into our archive.

The Art of Being Two Metres Apart

Our colleagues at The Source are challenging young people to create art, music or writing that captures this moment in time. Creations can be entered into their competition, and selected entries will become part of our archive collection. Find out how to take part here.