Experiences of the pandemic in the East Riding
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“Stay at Home. Save Lives. Protect the NHS.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 23 March 2020.
These words echoed across the United Kingdom, marking the start of an unprecedented chapter in our everyday lives as Boris Johnson’s call to action initiated a nationwide lockdown to fight against a new coronavirus.
This online exhibition serves as a window into the resilience of East Riding communities, presenting a selection of the many stories preserved in the East Riding Archives collections looking at different aspects of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The topics include:
In the face of unprecedented challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Riding Archives took on a crucial role as the custodian of our community's collective memory. Find out more about our COVID-19 collecting projects and how you can access the material.
From the onset of March 2020, COVID-19 catapulted to headline news. This chapter highlights some responses to those changes, from the pandemic’s initial arrival in the East Riding through to the rollout of vaccines.
With the imposition of government rules and restrictions, our lives were reshaped into what quickly became known as the 'new normal.' Documented in their own words, read accounts of everyday life across the East Riding during this period.
Read a selection of personal perspectives on navigating life during uncertain times, revealing the diverse ways in which individuals processed and found meaning amidst the challenges presented by the pandemic.
Via storytelling, time capsules, and even creative videogames, this chapter explores family and youth narratives, capturing the essence of their unique journeys through the pandemic.
From the comforting aroma of baking to the rhythmic verses of poetry, the tranquility of gardening to the intricacies of knitting and model making, for some, lockdown became a canvas for exploration and creativity.
We recognise that each person navigated the pandemic in unique ways. Whether you or your community’s experiences were marked by resilience, adaptation, or moments of profound reflection, we want to ensure that these narratives are preserved for the benefit of future generations.
If you are currently based in the East Riding, or were during the COVID-19 pandemic, please get in touch with our Archivist who will be happy to discuss depositing your testimony in our collections.
Thank you to all our Depositors who have contributed their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic for permanent preservation in the East Riding Archives and to those who have provided their kind permission to display their testimonies in this exhibition.
The East Riding Archives also thank Jacqui Bonell (Librarian, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Schools Library Service) for the innovative COVID-19 poetry and time capsule project with primary schools across the East Riding.
For making the East Riding Blockdown project possible, the East Riding Archives thank The Audience Agency for their funding and support.
Via our quick survey, the East Riding Archives would like to learn from our visitors what you enjoyed about this online exhibition, and how our future exhibitions could be improved.