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07/05/20 History in the Making – Collecting Donegal's COVID-19 Experiences


Creating Our  County’s Collection

Can you help us build a County Collection telling the story of Donegal’s experience of the pandemic?

The current COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary world health crisis and will be a defining event for our generation. The Culture Division of Donegal County Council (Museum, Archives, Arts, Heritage and Library Services) want to capture, document and preserve your stories of life during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Normally history is associated with events which have happened in the past but we are making and living history right now. Help us document life in Donegal during the pandemic and add our County’s story to this global historic event.


What are we looking for?

We are trying to capture the firsthand everyday experiences of Social Distancing, Self-isolation and Cocooning from a wide variety of people with different jobs, community roles and family situations. Maybe you are working from home, perhaps you are homeschooling your children, caring for elderly parents or neighbours, working as an essential worker or not working at all due to layoffs and closures. Have you taken up baking or have you a toilet roll stash? Have you or any members of your family contracted Covid-19? Tell us your story of living in these extraordinary times. 

We are asking you to share your experiences in any format. You can submit letters, diaries, creative writing, drawings, photographs, video diaries or any format of material.  We are also interested in collecting objects that relate to COVID-19 including PPE (once it is not needed), posters, leaflets etc. Have you taken up a new hobby? Do you have a piece of creative work that you wish donate to this collection? What natural, built or cultural heritage have you discovered within five kilometers of your home? If you have something you think might be of interest, please let us know.


What will happen to the material submitted?

Anything donated to this Collection will be treated in complete confidence. Nothing will be made accessible to the public without your written permission. All submissions to this Collection will be covered by a Donation form between the Donor and the relevant service detailing when and how it can be made available for display and for researchers in the future.


How do you get involved?

If you would like to get involved with this County Collection or have any questions, please contact Donegal County Museum on [email protected] or leave a message on  074 9124613

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