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One of Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery’s main aims is: “to tell the key stories of Nuneaton and Bedworth up to the present day”. Without a doubt, the Coronavirus Pandemic is one of those key stories - currently impacting upon every single person across the borough.
As we all live this unique period of history, we would love Nuneaton and Bedworth residents to keep a diary of their day-to-day experiences.
Diaries can, at first glance, sometimes seem mundane and unimportant, but they are invaluable historical documents. Diary entries are honest accounts and bring us closer to ordinary people and everyday life as it was really lived.
At Nuneaton Museum, we have a number of diaries in our collection that were all written by local people.
Joyce Webb’s collection of diaries, for example, includes an entry on the night of one of Nuneaton’s biggest air raids on 17th May 1940. “Stella woke me about 2.0. “Get up get up”. Incendiaries dropping all around…bomb explosions…Walked up to Maria’s. The bottom of Manor Court Avenue is flat, Marie’s windows are out”.
Diaries like these give us an excellent personal account of what life was like at the time and how ordinary people responded to different events.
If you are writing, or are planning to write, a diary about Life in Lockdown, please let us know. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name, age and a contact telephone number.
There is something very special about a handwritten diary but you could also write your diary on a computer. Your diary could include information about what you are doing, how you are feeling, changes to routine, different ways of communicating, new activities or new skills learned.
We would love to see what you have written (when we are all allowed out of our houses again!). We hope to add some of the diaries to our Museum’s collection as a record for future generations.
Councillor Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Arts & Leisure stated:
“Diaries written during the Coronavirus Pandemic will be an important historical resource for the future.”
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