Pandemic Experiences: Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 on Anglesey
‘Pandemic Experiences: Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Anglesey’ is a collaboration project between Anglesey Archives and Oriel Môn, funded by the Welsh Government. The aim of the project is to document the people of Anglesey’s stories and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic through oral history interviews and the collection of records and objects. Interviews will be recorded and, along with other records and objects, added to our collections at Anglesey Archives and Oriel Môn to document what life has been like on Anglesey during these unprecedented times.
We want the collection to reflect the diversity of the island and therefore encourage anyone living or working on Anglesey to take part in the project by sharing their experience. You may be a key worker, working for the NHS or a supermarket; a parent managing the work/life balance at home; or a student of a school, college or university. Whatever your situation, we welcome your participation.
The project is divided into two separate, but complimentary parts: the collection of records (which includes oral histories) and the collection of objects. Continue reading to find out more about the project and how you can get involved.
Collecting COVID-19 Records
We are seeking to collect records that reflect people’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, records that hold personal significance and significance to the island. Examples of records are diaries, journals, letters, poems, recipes, photographs, videos and music.
Have you noted your feelings in a diary or journal, or wrote them in a song? Have you found solace in making videos or writing poetry? Has photography helped you to understand these strange and uncertain times?
Whatever your record, we are interested to hear from you. Please send photos of your record and its story to email@example.com or phone 01248 724444 with details of your record, for it to be considered for the Anglesey Archives collection. We will contact you if your record is selected and will arrange for its safe collection and transfer.
For more information about Anglesey Archives, follow this link to the Archives’ website: https://www.anglesey.gov.uk/en/Residents/Archives/Visiting-Anglesey-Archives/Plan-your-visit-to-the-Archives.aspx. For Anglesey Archives’ collection policy, follow this link to their policies webpage: https://www.anglesey.gov.uk/en/Residents/Archives/Services-provided-by-Anglesey-Archives/Anglesey-Archives-policy-documents.aspx.
Oral History Interviews
As part of the project, we are also interviewing people about their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. These interviews will provide a greater insight into the impact of COVID-19 on Anglesey and will help create a historic record of this moment in time. We consider these interviews ‘oral history’ interviews.
Oral history refers to the field of study and method of collecting and preserving the voices and memories of individuals and communities, often in relation to a significant event or moment in time. Oral history interviews are valuable assets that help us understand past events.
For the ‘Pandemic Experiences: Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Anglesey’ Project Information & Participation Sheet please scroll to the bottom of this webpage.
Collecting COVID-19 Objects
For Oriel Môn’s collection, we are seeking objects that relate to or reflect people’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of objects are artworks, handicrafts, and items that have been of significance during the pandemic.
Do you have an object that will always remind you of the COVID-19 pandemic? Have you channelled your feelings into a painting or collage? Has picking up a new craft, or developing an old one, helped you through these trying times?
Whatever your object, we are interested to hear from you. Please send photos of your object and its story to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01248 724444 with details of your object, for it to be considered for Oriel Môn’s collection. We will contact you if your object is selected and will arrange for its safe collection and transfer.
For Oriel Môn’s collection policy, follow this link to the collections webpage: Donating to the collection - Oriel Môn (orielmon.org).
To view and download the ‘Pandemic Experiences: Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Anglesey’ Project Information & Participation Sheet, click the file below.